Gerry Mullins, Testosterone Dublin 8, is a story like none other I’ve read. Call it a breath of fresh air in a world where every book is the same as the last one you read. It’s the story of a big time T.V. producer, who goes by the name Jimmy, who carves out a living from entrapping criminals to commit a crime and catching them in the act with cameras ‘blazing’ and then coerces them to feature in his show, the Redeemables. His intentions of casting the criminal, though noble, get him to bite off more than what he can chew when he catches the wrong guy in the act. His arrest of Joey sets off a chain reaction of electrifying events which lead his life down a path he did not expect.
Jimmy Fyffe, TV producer turned drug dealer, is a character I didn’t expect to like. In a quest to restore his ‘manliness’ he’s embroiled in the criminal underworld when his steroid use turns to drug dealing. But Jimmy’s struggle for a better life makes him relatable, if not understandable. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a man altered by testosterone and once that finally clicked I really enjoyed his vigorous character. Once Jimmy crosses paths with some unsavory characters in Dublin’s underworld, we really get to see what drives Jimmy and how testosterone can change a man in more ways than one.
The story is set in Dublin and the setting is drawn exceptionally well. While Jimmy is an intriguing character, his character is colorized by a compelling city that is in the midst of change of all kinds. The clash of classes reminded me of the show Peaky Blinders. I appreciated the detail that was devoted to creating such a rich backdrop.
Testosterone, Dublin 8 is a thrilling crime novel that humanizes objectionable characters. It explores how testosterone can change someone and how those affects ripple through society. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a riveting novel with a unique view on Dublin and the gangs that prowl its streets.
Pages: 255 | ASIN: B084Q7DGSB