The Lemon Man is Patrick Callen, a bicycle-riding hitman with mild OCD in Dublin, Ireland whose carefully ordered life is totally upended when he becomes the accidental caretaker of a baby boy.
Caring for an infant while working as a hired killer is not a good mix. The result is a fast-paced crime novel that is both hilarious & hardboiled, its main character both ruthless and oddly sympathetic.
A fine crime novel: at one moment offbeat, with a darkly funny Irish lilt, and the next moment hard and uncompromising.
The well-ordered life of Dublin hit man Patrick Callen is turned upside-down when he impulsively takes custody of the 11-month-old infant son of his most recent victim. The humor and drama will delight readers. Sparkling prose, a well-realized setting, and appealing characters make this offbeat crime novel a winner. Bruton is definitely an author to watch.
'What fun. Bruton’s darkly funny Irish noir sparkles. If a hitman and a baby aren’t the best pitch in ages, then I don’t know what is.
Keith Bruton's passion for his hometown of Dublin and for crime fiction shines like a beacon in hiis glorious debut novel ... bringing to mind some of Donald E. Westlake's vintage efforts. His quiet, domestic set pieces are as rewarding, and as exciting in some ways, as his riveting action scenes.