“Cunningham is the Hemingway of the Celtic Tiger.” — The Irish Times From the author of the best-selling, award winning The Sea and the Silence. Ireland, 2006: Property has spiralled to crazy heights. Real estate magnates gorge on massive loans as bankers, urged on by politicians, trample each other to lend more and more. But at the heart of this frenzy lies a hideous truth: the boom is built on sand. Two men face each other over this dark divide: Albert Barr, a millionaire whose soul is owned by the banks; and Lee Carew, a struggling journalist who has stumbled upon the story of a lifetime. A savagely accurate and very funny novel about the forces of sex, greed and vanity, of truth and love, as Ireland plunges towards disaster.