Paul Lynch’s debut novel is a highly accomplished literary cowboy story. Though half of it is set in Donegal in the 1830s, it is a horse opera nonetheless.
Coll Coyle is to be evicted with his child and pregnant wife for a reason we do not learn until a stray line in the last couple of pages. Coyle confronts the landlord, Hamilton, who is on horseback and tries to reason with him. Coyle knocks Hamilton from the horse setting off a chain of events that sees Coyle flee to Philadelphia pursued by Hamilton’s man, the philosophical and psychotic Faller..