Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the premise of DEAD IRISH?
Dismas Hardy looks into the death of a friend, Eddie Cochran at the request of the deceased's brother-in-law. Hardy finds it hard to believe that the man he knew had killed himself as the police seem to believe. Through investigation and instinct, Hardy is able to uncover the truth behind Eddie's death, bringing both peace and dismay to those involved.
2. Who is Dismas Hardy and what is the state of his life as the novel begins?
In Chapter 1, Dismas Hardy, a 38-year-old bartender, returns to San Francisco from a two-week vacation in Baja. Hardy had hoped to do some soul searching and had traveled alone, afraid that if a friend had accompanied him, he might not be able to break away from the rut his life had become. At home, Dismas sits quietly, contemplating his life. At one time he had been a father, a husband, a police officer, and an attorney. Although not unhappy with life, there does not seem to be much to it.
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