Set in Dublin and spanning the decades of the eighties and the nineties, a 'Gotcha' refers to local slang for a security guard.
The so-called 'security' business is one of the worst run and most exploitative of all Irish industries. It pays employees badly and treats them worse, often attracting people unfit for normal work. Once in a blue moon it accidentally employs someone exceptional; someone able and willing to eloquently tell others what goes on beneath and behind those cop-like uniforms. James Linnane is one such exceptional man.
Described as a 'novel', it reads more like a thinly fictionalised memoir, based on actual events but "how much is true and how much actually happened? You wouldn't believe me if I told you."
Reading this book, you quickly understand why. The characters and escapades described here are lifted straight from the book of the surreal. It is Linnane's laid-back storytelling style however, that brings it all to life and makes you want to laugh out loud.
Amid the boredom of a mind-numbing job, sometimes emerged a madness and events which you really could not invent; you just had to be there.
The Life and Times of a 'Gotcha' by James Linnane Non-fiction, memoir 120 printed pages, paperback First published in Ireland in 2011 by TAF Publishing. Published on CreateSpace in 2014 ISBN: 978-1500658441
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