I balance on the precipice of life.
Friends and family have walked into the shadowland.
Police and thieves are shouting Jump, Ger. Do it.
The streets of Dublin teem by day with workers, intertwined with a seamier underside of beggars, criminals and drop-outs. Gerard Mayes, a man with an ego the size of Everest but living a very average life, walks amongst them, bathed in the delusion that society owes him more.
Ger is a modern, metropolitan slacker. He considers himself the jester at work but the other bottom feeders that share a cubicle with him think he's the joke. Ger's a misfit and malcontent who would never appear on anybody's radar until, that is, he murders a beggar during a mugging gone wrong.
Jo, Ger's loving wife, is long-suffering but supportive. Her best friend Renée is needy, looking for love. Tom, decadent and a confirmed bachelor, is Ger's mentor and Aunt Mary is the philanthropic ancient relative. We know that Ger's life is going to unravel, but the consequences of that murder also bring the Sword of Damocles down upon the heads of those closest to him.
This is the story of a common man who steps over the line and commits the seven deadly sins. Someone has to pay the price.
A noir thriller of 90,000 words.