A Ton of Malice by Barry McKinley
Young, gifted and Irish, Barry crosses the waves in pursuit of a job and the girl he loves. He soon cons his way into a job at Sellafield, home of Britain’s military-grade plutonium. For a 20-year-old with anger management issues, it is a role full of seductive possibilities, and when the girl remains frustratingly out of reach, it’s anybody’s guess which he’ll destroy first – himself or the entire f***ing planet.
And, if it matters, it’s almost all true.