John Kelly knows his onions. That much is certain from the first sentence of From Out of the City. The novel opens about fifty years or so in the future, in a Dublin hot as the tropics, and reeking of waste and crime. An American president has just been murdered, and Monk, an eighty-four-year old who has been secretly surveilling his deadbeat neighbors, is intent on unveiling the true story behind the presidential assassination.

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