While everything else is falling apart, the growhouse business is thriving, and some pepole will stop at nothing to get in on the act.
Karen Riney is a young woman desperate to put bad memories behind her and get back on her feet when she hits upon an idea to make fast money. In the depths of a recession, there's no business like the grow house business. But getting her venture off the ground requires some assistance. Enter Paschal Nix, a Dublin crime lord with a fearsome reputation. Nix provides more than money for the deal by throwing in the services of out-of-work builder Kevin Wyman, who is up to his ears in hoc to Nix and grappling with serious personal problems. He also dispatches hitman-for-hire Dara Burns to keep an eye on the investment, a man who's fiercely guarding his back in a world where life is cheap. All have their eyes on one prize: a quick killing. But as Karen Riney soon learns, when you're in over your head, there's no such thing as easy money. THE DEAL is a gripping, blind-siding tale of greed, revenge and the price of survival.
Praise for Ghost Town - :
An impressive and triumphant debut, astute in its social observations and gripping as a piece of entertainment. Mr Clifford's assured voice is a welcome addition to the canon of Irish crime fiction. - Irish Examiner
A compelling odyssey into the dark heart of a country where it pays to "carry suspicion around like a spare shirt" ... Ghost Town is a journalist's book in the best sense of the word, deploying Michael Clifford's skill at reportage to forensic fictional aplomb - Irish Independent