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Review of ‘The Fire-Eaters’

"What's to be done about the gloom that's everywhere?" McNulty, the fire-eater, says to 13-year-old Bobby Burns. He's a small man, his skin scarred and covered with tattoos of women and dragons. He has pointed gold teeth and deeply creased cheeks, and he smells of smoke and sweat. He's a "devil, a demon, a…

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