Crime Fiction Friday: “On The House” by Seamus Scanlon



  • Introduced by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up we’d like to introduce you to Irish playwright and crime writer Seamus Scanlon. He has tight style and a dark sense of humor that can be seen in this tale of a robber who hits the wrong place of business, first published for Akashic’s “Mondays are Murder” series.

“On the House” by Seamus Scanlon

“It was a rainy day in Galway. Nothing new—Galway and rain are synonymous, along with fog, mist, hailstones, slippery footpaths, pneumonia. The canals, the docks, the Atlantic, Nimmo’s Pier, the Corrib, and Woodquay—watery graves for all tastes: for boys who wanted to be girls; for girls, young and big bellied; for women fecund with malignancies; for men uplifted by big black angels.

I was in Babe’s for a haircut. My mother usually shaved mine, but she had the palsy after a week drinking Pernod. She smelt like an aniseed graveyard. I could not wait until she recovered—I had it cut every last day of the month regardless of circumstances…”

Read the rest of the story.

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