Dead Man Talking is a great title and the cover tells exactly what you are gong to get. It is a very readable book. Mark Heffernan is a young man of great energy, driven almost, by whatever he is doing at the time: whether it is running discos, night clubs, bringing down the Limerick mob or now running for Changing Lives Charity. It is a book about courage overcoming fear. Fear not only for himself but also for his family and friends. It is a book about crime but more so a book about pride in himself and the city in which he was reared.
I would have liked to hear more about Gina, his wife. it is clear he is trying to protect her but a few words about their wedding and some more information about his children would have greatly added to the story he tells: after all they have to live, daily, with the courage of his convictions.
Dead Man Talking shows a great insight into the relentlessness of gangland and how easily it is to recruit, dominate by fear and violence a whole community in Limerick City, indeed it could be any city. It is cracking read – compulsary reading for budding crime writers.