October 21, 2017

The Trespasser by author Tana French

The Trespasser by Tana French has been on several top ten 2016 literary lists, so I thought I should check out this novel. The genre is crime fiction with Dublin police detectives as the main characters, but this is not your easy-breezy detective paperback. The writing is dense with both vernacular cop talk and vivid descriptions.  I have to admit that I had to look up Irish slang words every few pages.

The main character is Antoinette Conway, a Murder squad detective who only has one work ally, her partner, Stephen Moran. We are introduced to her thoughts both calculating and paranoid as she digs into the murder of pretty blonde, Aislinn Murray.

If you can make the effort to finish this book, you will be rewarded with a tour-de-force ending. I actually turned the last page and thought, “now that was a satisfying read.” I hope you feel the same way.  Stephen King, no less, called the book “incandescent.”

Liz Carroll: Irish Music Fiddler and Composer

I really should be writing about Irish fiddler Liz Carroll around St. Patrick’s Day, but having just met her, I couldn’t wait until next March. She was recently honored by Lawyers for the Creative Arts and I was privileged to hear a couple of numbers demonstrating her musical prowess at a recent LCA luncheon. That woman can make the violin literally sing and dance.

Although based in Chicago, Carroll travels the world promoting Irish music through her impeccable performances and her lovely compositions.

She composed and recorded music for last spring’s Art Institute of Chicago exhibit, Ireland: Crossroad of Art and Design, 1690-1840. Check out the first recording on this link for a delightful sample of her musical work in that project.

https://soundcloud.com/liz-carroll/textiles-glassmusical-instruments-fancy-work-planxty-chas-bunworth-rose-kathleens-slip-jig

Whether playing solo or with instruments like the guitar, mandolin or harp, Liz Carroll immediately makes you think of the Irish music heard in pubs, in churches or in dance halls. I found it hard to stay in my seat at the Palmer House’s Empire Room as I tapped my toes to the infectious melodies and rhythms.

Here is another live performance of hers on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NReNvV5P0FA

Fellow creative professionals may want to check out her web site, it being one of the most comprehensive sites I have seen for covering the different aspects of one’s artistic business model.

http://www.lizcarroll.com

Don’t wait until next St. Paddy’s Day to check out her performance schedule or recordings.