The Keepers of Truth

The Booker Prize, 2000

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‘The best novel I’ve read this year. Unputdownable’ TIME OUT

It is the mid-80s in post-industrial America. In a small town graced with the decaying hulks of defunct factories, young journalist and college dropout Bill churns out lengthy essays on the death of industry and of America itself for the Daily Truth, whose scoops rarely rise above the latest home-bake contest.

Then, bad boy Ronny Lawton reports his father missing. A dismembered finger is found and suspicion falls on Ronny, though nothing can be proved. For Bill, the story becomes an obsession – he gets involved with Ronny’s estranged wife, finds a decomposing human head, and ends up as a suspect in the murder case himself.

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2000, The Keepers of Truth combines a tantalising mystery with a bracing meditation on a nation on the edge. Satirical and profound, it offers a razor-sharp portrait of the American dream gone sour.

Reviews

[Collins] is a stylist, blessed with the gift of having something worth saying
SCOTSMAN
A style so arrestingly visual it hijacks the reader's concentration; dazzling with the energy and originality of the language
INDEPENDENT
Collins is a considerable stylist . . . his prose has a thoughtful, sinewy quality, a kind of subliminal toughness of mind
TELEGRAPH
Collins is undoubtedly an exciting talent, capable of writing razor-sharp prose and he has produced a gripping, stylish novel that deserves to be read
TLS
One of the most exciting talents to have emerged not only in Ireland but anywhere in recent decades
Susan Hill, THE TIMES