Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

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Anapra, Mexico.

Beyond the fence lies America, the Land of the Free.  But freedom doesn’t come cheap.

Tonight, Arturo must gamble not only for his friend’s freedom, but for his friend’s life – while his own hangs in the balance.

Can he cheat Death* herself?

* Saint Death.  She of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief.  A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian. 

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The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

The Blurb On The Back:

Maureen didn’t mean to kill a man, but what can a poor dear do when she’s surprised by an intruder and has only a holy stone to hand?  Lucky that she’s just reconnected with her estranged son Jimmy because, as the most feared gangster in Cork, he certainly has the tools to sort out the mess.

So Jimmy enlists his boyhood buddy Tony who, with six kids and a love of the bottle, could certainly do with the money, even if his teenage son, Ryan, is far too keen to grow up so he can become a gangster himself.  And all is going to plan until Georgie, the girlfriend of the hapless intruder, starts to wonder where he went …

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