All the People All the Time; Declan Lynch
Music, media and the moral low ground. Set in present day Dublin and rural Ireland, this is the story of Victor, an ageing showband manager of the 60s and 70s when showband music played in ballrooms throughout Ireland. Victor, once famous and wealthy, is now long past the end of his career. No longer rich and famous he is a desperate man. Rejected by his peers, he rents a room in Dublin and spends most of his time watching TV. His only son presents an ailing TV quiz show, which comes under a lot of heavy criticism from the press... It only adds further to Victor's despair. When his son's body is found washed up on the shore near the hugely protected home of young, wealthy and successful rock star, Richie Johns, suicide is presumed. Victor has other ideas; he discovers a video showing Richie Johns' guard dogs chasing his son into the sea. Victor, desperate to avenge his son's death and for revenge against Richie Johns - the rock star who stands for everything that has contributed to his downfall - deliberately sets up a trap into which Richie falls thus allowing Victor the sweet smell of power and fortune once again... for now.
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