Young Bulls and Matadors
European Crime Novel, with locations in Dublin, London, Alicante (Spain), Grenada (Spain) and Monaco in Southern France. After a drug delivery goes wrong two Dublin dealers try to rebuild their drug empire on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Their high risk strategy goes horribly wrong as they become ensnared in the dangerous world of international drug smuggling.There is no love in their world. More
“Young Bulls and Matadors” Synopsis
After a drug deal goes wrong. Stephen Coakley and Sean Buggy narrowly escape capture and are left to pick up the pieces of their crumbling drug empire. They owe two million euros for drugs that they lost and now have no way to pay the debt. They beat senseless those who owe them drug money, but ignore all warnings to pay their own debts. They set about killing their rivals, but their actions attract too much attention. They are targeted by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and one dedicated investigator, Michael Cunningham, who is determined to end their crimes. Coakley and Buggy flee to Spain and try to re-establish their drug empire with larger scores destined for northern Europe. However they soon draw unwelcome attention from the Spanish authorities and other more fearsome criminals. They are unable to exercise the slightest restraint and their efforts to make ‘hustle money’ quickly runs foul of other underworld figures. This criminal fraternity in Spain are an older more cunning breed and as the “Blanch Boys” underestimate their rivals, they pay a price. Back in Dublin no one is sure if they are dead. Each rumour is hungrily devoured by a self serving journalist, Lang, who rewards police for any information on the duo. He connives to move up the corporate ladder but, like the Blanch Boys, he is immune to the suffering of those whose lives he has ruined. Ordinary decent citizens are caught up in the violence. Archer is a pensioner, who interrupts a car thief and whose life is threatened. His assailant’s name is ‘The Gadget’, a poster boy for the modern hoodie/thug. ‘The Gadget’ is a compulsive car thief and vandal. There are also white collar professionals who, by their inaction, facilitate criminals and hinder the work of the police.
The book taps into the real feeling in Ireland and the UK that crime is out of control. Everywhere it seems the streets are not safe to walk. Burglaries, car thefts and assaults are commonplace and neither police nor politicians seem able to stop it. The action is mainly set in Spain, Dublin, Monaco and London. We follow two dysfunctional individuals who wreak emotional and physical carnage wherever they go. Their inability to back down and their talent for making enemies, serves to hasten their destruction. This is a new breed to which nothing and no one is sacred. Fear and violence are their expressions. Drugs are the currency. They have no fear, no joy or compassion. There is no love in their world.
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