|Date:||Saturday March 25th|
|Venue:||dlr LexIcon, Level 4|
|Cost:||€12 / €10 Concession|
In July 1895, two London teenagers, the brothers Robert and Nattie Coombes, embarked on a spending spree involving trips to the theatre and the seaside when their parents were 'away'. Soon a strange smell began to emanate from the Coombes house. What the police discovered sent the press into a frenzy of horror, and Robert and Nattie were swept up in a trial that echoed the plots of the 'penny dreadful' novels Robert loved to read. In The Wicked Boy, Kate Summerscale has uncovered a fascinating true story of murder and morality.
A brutal triple murder in the Scottish Highlands leads to the arrest of young Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused suggests he is guilty and it falls to the nest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover the motive for such terrible acts of violence. Graeme Macrae Burnet tells an irresistible and original story about the provisional nature of truth, even when the facts seem clear. In 2016, His Bloody Project was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize.
Both books have been lavishly praised as 'literary thrillers' and the cases involved suggest striking similarities. The authors will discuss these intriguing parallels with crime writer and RTÉ Arts Correspondent, Sinead Crowley.