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Grogin, Donal

Appears in Portrait in Death; (August 8-15th, 2059)[1]

DescriptionEdit

  • He looked old and used; his face hung in sags at the jaw, and his cheeks were an explosion of broken blood vessels. But his reflexes remained sharp, his hand moved as quick and smooth as a magician's.[2]

PersonalityEdit

  • He used to backhand Roarke for sport and knocked Brian Kelly around plenty, as well.[3]
    • Grogin said, "A boy needs the back of a hand from time to time to help him grow to a man."[4]
    • About hitting women, he said, "A man, well, a man's liable to need to teach his woman a lesson now and then."[5]

Criminal HistoryEdit

  • He used to run with Patrick Roarke and Jimmy Bennigan but, according to Brian, Jimmy died in a cage sometime back.[6]
  • Patrick called Grogin and told him to steal a car and come to his place. When he got there, Siobahn Brody was already dead and "it was a bloody mess."[7]
    • They rolled her body in a rug, carried her to the car, and drove to the river. They weighed the body down with stones and dumped her in the river. They went back to Patrick's place, cleaned things up, and put out the word that Siobahn had run off. If anyone spoke of it, they'd pay. The cops Patrick bribed went along with the story.[8]

Interesting FactsEdit

  • He lives in Dublin, Ireland. He frequents a place called the Thief's Haven and hasn't been to the Penny Pig in years.[9]
  • When he saw Roarke, he thought he was Patrick Roarke. Roarke punched him and took the knife away from Grogin, then held it to his throat, nicking him under the jaw; Roarke threatened to give Grogin to Brian and then slit his throat afterward.[10]
    • When Grogin said he didn't know what Roarke was talking about - when asked about Siobahn Brody - Roarke snapped the bone in Grogin's index finger.[11]
  • When he stonewalled, Roarke told Brian to have a go but Grogin capitulated before Brian moved; when he stalled again, Roarke grabbed his wrist and Grogin's bladder let go.[12]
    • He said Siobahn left with Roarke and Patrick was furious she took his son; she returned, however.[13]
  • Roarke suspects Grogin was the one who beat Ned and left him in the alley. To Grogin Roarke said, "As I recall, that was the sort of petty business he had you for." Grogin bashed heads for Patrick.[14]
  • Roarke, again, held the knife to Grogin's throat and felt his muscles trembling for that single, simple action. He stepped back and told Grogin that he wasn't worth killing.[15]


References Edit

  1. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) pp. 3, 261, 284, 298
  2. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 218
  3. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 219
  4. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 219
  5. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 220
  6. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 216
  7. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 221
  8. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 222
  9. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 216
  10. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) pp. 218, 219
  11. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 220
  12. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) pp. 220, 221
  13. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 221
  14. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) p. 222
  15. Portrait in Death (ISBN 0-425-18903-1) pp. 222, 223
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