Dick Wimmer, The Wildly Irish Sextet (Soft Skull Press). Following the elemental Seamus Boyne (Irish Wine: The Trilogy) into the genius painter’s old age, Wimmer cuts his creation no senior citizen slack. Boyne is wilder, more famous and more self-centered than ever. Still, he manages to maintain his loved ones’ and the reader’s affection as he rampages through New York, Westchester, Long Island and much of Ireland. You wouldn’t want him as a house guest, but he’s a great drinking buddy. The novel has a manic rhythm that surmounts every suspension of belief that such a character could exist.