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The Black Pool-bookcover

By: Robert Sargent

The Black Pool

Pages: 330 Ratings: 5.0
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The Black Pool spans the life of a Dubliner, who was born in the late 1960s, covering his involvement in gangland events in the City of Dublin and Europe across a 50-year period.

The story will take you through Dublin’s devastating heroin epidemic of the 1980s and continuing on into the underground rave scene of the 1990s. From here the story takes you into the phenomenon of Ibiza’s dance craze, and into the gangland war for control of the cocaine market that was to start flourishing in the era of Ireland’s Celtic Tiger.

This is not a story of heroes but a story of how the reality of gangs and crime can get hold of a city and bring it to its knees. It asks: Is it for the bravado of becoming a household name and main man on the block? Or is it a stain on society that young men and women turn to crime to make ends meet?

This is the story of Thomas Moran.

Robert Sargent is a first-time author. He was raised in the suburb of Crumlin, a working-class area of Dublin city. He is married and a father of three daughters. Robert still lives in Dublin to this day.

Customer Reviews
4 reviews
4 reviews
  • Avid Reader

    A complicated story of drugs and crime. Funny at times, sad at others and completely shocking. A good read with twists and turns that leave you wanting more. A story well told.

  • Biddy

    Just finished reading it. A must read, spine chling violent and no holds barred. To think of the lengths some go to for power.

  • Amanda J

    Really loved this book so raw and honest. Takes you into the world of criminal gangs covering the rise to power over years and how they achieved it with violence and murder.

    I live in Dublin and i can say that this is a very real to life book.

    So so good.

  • Alex

    An enjoyable read, the social history and the context help bring the universe to life for a non-native Dub, the dialogue is great, the vernacular and the funny moments hit - keep your eye out for one in Ibiza - the deaths are violent and quick, a much better reflection of the real world than other, similar novels, one you'll definitely appreciate both if you've lived through times and experiences like these, or if you're wanting to learn about it (especially given the real-world situation right now).

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