The Salesman

The Salesman


From the bestselling author of Star of the Sea and Shadowplay, a thrilling novel about a father who takes the law into his own hands.

'Gripping and moving...a taut, expertly crafted plot' Guardian

Dublin, June 1995: the hottest summer since records began. But Billy Sweeney, a middle-aged salesman with a failed marriage, a faltering career and a tumbledown house, has more than weather on his mind.

His youngest daughter lies in a coma in hospital following a mysterious attack on the petrol station where she worked. Devastated by the unfolding consequences of that violent night and frustrated by the system, Billy finally decides to take the law into his own hands.

'A game of psychological cat and mouse is at the core of The Salesman... Gripping' Harper's Bazaar


  • [A] gripping and moving thriller

About the author

Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His books include Cowboys and Indians, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France's Prix Millepages, Italy's Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011), Shadowplay (Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year, Costa Novel of the Year shortlist) and My Father's House (Walter Scott Prize shortlist, a Washington Post Book of the Year). His fiction has been translated into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.
Learn More

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more