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Review: The Rising by Brian McGilloway

You can call them genre conventions or you can call them cliches, but the male protagonists in crime novels tend to have a lot in common.

Whether cops, private eyes, crusading journalists or ex-military veterans, they're generally misanthropic loners with addiction issues -- booze is the most popular -- and while they rarely have trouble attracting women, they have huge problems holding on to them. They are, as Raymond Chandler dubbed them, the tarnished white knights, who go down those mean streets without themselves becoming mean, and whose sense of justice remains undimmed no matter how many beatings they take on our behalf.

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