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Author: Paul Lynch Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781478927716
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A tense, thrilling debut novel that spans two continents, from "a writer to watch out for" (Colum McCann). It's 1832 and Coll Coyle has killed the wrong man. The dead man's father is an expert tracker and ruthless killer with a single-minded focus on vengeance. The hunt leads from the windswept bogs of County Donegal, across the Atlantic to the choleric work camps of the Pennsylvania railroad, where both men will find their fates in the hardship and rough country of the fledgling United States. Language and landscape combine powerfully in this tense exploration of life and death, parts of which are based on historical events. With lyrical prose balancing the stark realities of the hunter and the hunted, Red Sky in Morning is a visceral and meditative novel that marks the debut of a stunning new talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Paul Lynch has a sensational gift for a sentence, inherited from the likes of Cormac McCarthy, Sebastian Barry, and Daniel Woodrell. He is a writer to watch out for, staking a bid for a territory all his own.”

    Colum McCann, New York Times bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin

  • “Sumptuous and poetic…Lynch’s sense of the period, and the huge disruptions in society which affected every single character, is clever and well informed, but he has taken a real and fascinating risk with the style.”

    Colm Toíbín, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Lynch’s language, which is musical, close, and alive, evokes something that seems quintessentially Irish…His combination of nightmarish poetry and heart-racing plot is what makes Red Sky in Morning so compelling, like a gorgeous, terrifying ghost story. You’ll want to close your eyes and cover your ears, but find you can’t turn away.”

    Daily Beast

  • “A cracking debut novel. Paul Lynch’s startling, evocative prose veers closer to poetry…This novel is a wonderful achievement.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A compulsive read…A combination of the poetic and the vicious. It unabashedly uses a twenty-first-century sensibility to subvert the conventions of the ‘historical’ novel.”

    Irish Times

  • “Muscular and opulent…the novel is ripe with spookily vivid writing. A very stylishly written book that takes the Irish novel into quite a different genre.”

    Irish Examiner

  • “Paul Lynch’s writing is full of dark invention and brutal beauty. A raw and audacious talent which grips Irish writing by the neck.”

    Hugo Hamilton, author of The Speckled People

  • “This book makes the literary synapses spark and burn—forged in his own new and wonderful language, Paul Lynch reaches to the root, branch, and bole of things, and unfurls a signal masterpiece.”

    Sebastian Barry, author of The Secret Scripture

  • “Paul Lynch takes a giant first step with his debut, Red Sky in Morning. It is classic storytelling, rough and haunted people and the times that made them, powerfully conjured, written in language that demands attention. Lynch is bardic, given to sly and inspired word selections, with his own sprung rhythms and angled, stark musicality.”

    Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone and The Outlaw Album

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, November 2013

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About the Narrator

John Keating is an actor, voice talent, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. His numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre’s production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC’s production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He can also be seen in the HBO miniseries John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney.