Mark O’Connell’s latest book, A Thread of Violence, concerns the murders committed by Malcolm Macarthur in 1982 of a nurse, Bridie Gargan, and a farmer, Dónal Dunne. It is both an utterly compelling account of one of Ireland’s most notorious crimes and an interrogation of the nature of true crime writing itself. When Macarthur, the heir to a small fortune, found himself suddenly without money, he decided to rob a bank. To do this, he would need a gun and a car. In the process of procuring them, he killed two people, and the circumstances of his eventual arrest nearly brought down the Irish government. When Mark O’Connell set out to unravel the mysteries still surrounding these horrific and inexplicable crimes, he tracked down Macarthur himself, living out his days in Dublin. O’Connell will be in conversation with Brian Dillon.
In A Thread of Violence Mark O’Connell has investigated, with immense skill and insight, the mind of a double murderer, and in the process has shown the essential mysteriousness of such a mind-perhaps of any mind. The result is a beautifully wrought narrative that is at once frightening and thrilling. A masterly workJohn Banville
This event will be followed by a signing and a book sale.