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Christian Moerk proves a Dane can write an Irish tale

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Christian Moerk grew up in Denmark, but worked in Hollywood for some years. It what while he worked on films with director Neil Jordan that he first visited Ireland and fell in love with the country. He has set his novel "Darling Jim" in a small town in the west of Ireland.
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He grew up in Denmark, but worked in the US and in Ireland.  When he decided to write a novel, he wanted to capture the distinctive language of Ireland's remote west coast. 

The New York Times describes his new thriller "Darling Jim" as an "erotic fairy tale run amok in alien literary forms."  It's a modern tale about three sisters who fall under the spell of a dangerously attractive travelling storyteller. 

Moerk told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr the book was inspired by a clipping from an Irish newspaper.