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The Butcher Boy What's most gruesome about & Irish teen sociopath Francie Brady (a.k.a. ''pig boy'') isn't his predictable Dantean slide from reform school to ...The Butcher BoyMystery and Thriller, Fiction What's most gruesome about & Irish teen sociopath Francie Brady (a.k.a. ''pig boy'') isn't his predictable Dantean slide from reform school to ...1993-05-14
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The Butcher Boy

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Fiction; Author: Patrick McCabe

What’s most gruesome about & Irish teen sociopath Francie Brady (a.k.a. ”pig boy”) isn’t his predictable Dantean slide from reform school to psycho ward to jail and back to psycho ward. The Butcher Boy’s true horror lurks between the lines of its first- person, fever-dream narrative — in the grim reality of envy, frustration, and loss underlying Francie’s shrill bonhomie. Unhinged in stages by his mother’s suicide, father’s heart attack, and friend’s betrayal, Francie subtly reveals his madness in an unrelenting, upbeat stream of patter. McCabe’s acclaimed third novel — a finalist for the Booker Prize, with The Crying Game director Neil Jordan negotiating for the film rights-walks the path of dementia with remarkable assurance, mumbling quietly to itself. A-