'It's a story about fraud, corruption, blackmail, and lots of sex' - Newly elected Josepha Madigan’s raunchy paperback ‘Negligent Behaviour’
Sassy solicitor Helene has spent the last few years getting what she wants and who she wants, begins the blurb of newly elected TD for Dublin Rathdown Josepha Madigan’s novel ‘Negligent Behaviour’.
It turns out that Alan Shatter is not the only Fine Gael member that has written a raunchy paperback.
Self-published in 2011, the novel by one of Ireland’s newest parliamentarian is a story about fraud, embezzlement, corruption, blackmail, and sex… lots and lots of sex.
Set against the backdrop of the last days of the Celtic Tiger, it charts the journey of solicitor Helene McBain (35) from her from her humble beginnings as the only child of Irish shopkeepers to becoming a partner with Peterson & Co, a high-profile Dublin law firm.
Helene's indiscretions cause her to become deeply embroiled in the "shambolic saga" of the machinations of Andrew Peterson, the amoral and manipulative managing partner of Peterson & Co.
Read More: Review: Negligent Behaviour by Josepha Madigan
In a review, the Irish Independent described ‘Negligent Behaviour’ as a work of fiction “fuelled by the recent scandals which laid bare the pervasive corruption and cronyism in the higher echelons of Irish society.”
“The novel presents a fusion of professional and personal misconduct… together with an unexpected pregnancy with paternity questions attached.
“There is also the discovery of a male escort agency for gays, and the standard fare for every chick-lit novel - love affairs that lead to marital breakdown.
“This avalanche of illicit activities results in an abundance of introspection on love and life and the inevitable moral dilemmas.”
Elected today in a shock outcome that saw two household names, former Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Communications Minister Alex White, lose their seats, Ms Madigan is due to take up her Dáil seat in March.
Prior to her election, the new Fine Gael TD was a member of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and worked as a solicitor for almost 15 years.