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The Judas Kiss

The Judas Kiss

13.99

By David Butler

The Judas Kiss is dark tale, relieved throughout not only by a pervasive black humour, but by the emergence of love in all its various guises. This is 'cult' fiction at its fines

C-format, paperback | 342pp | ISBN 978-1-84840-168-6 | Release Date | September 2012

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When Bluebottle runs away from a religious institution to live on the streets of Dublin, he is taken in by Malcolm, an ageing sensualist with a penchant for younger boys. But lust soon turns into full-blown sexual obsession. There follows the first of a series of increasingly violent encounters which lead relentlessly to disfigurement and bloody murder. Besides this brutal attack, there are beatings, betrayals, perverse and illicit desires, and even a disfigurement, the Judas Kiss of the title. Dark territory indeed. The Judas Kiss is dark tale, relieved throughout not only by a pervasive black humour, but by the emergence of love in all its various guises. This is 'cult' fiction at its finest.

Several darkly comic characters share narrative duty in this affecting, tightly controlled story that’s never dull...
— Publishers Weekly