No Christian Grave by Edmund Power

No Christian Grave

Edmund Power

Can you ever escape your past? Two young men find their lives being slowly destroyed as a result of taking the easier of two options following a serious incident. This is a moral tale which does make you wonder what you would have done in the same circumstances.

Extract

Doran was back then, in every sense. Back among us, back to his erstwhile ways, and back to me with his hand out. Or he soon would be; of that I was certain. He'd touched me once, and where in all of Ireland would he find a softer touch, a more immobile sitting duck. Not only did he hold the upper hand, I'd even been so helpful as to suggest where he might engage me to his greatest advantage.

Parallels
  • Victims by Robert Richardson
  • The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor