I had a feeling that I would like this book, considering it is set in Dublin, I am Irish, and I love a good thriller. I didn't know I would get quite as wrapped up in it as I did, primarily because from the very first pages, Parsons grabs a reader by the throat and never lets go. Mixing murder and mystery always gets my blood pumping in a book, but there was something particularly good about this author's approach to the genre. The hard-nosed O'Neill isn't the standard idea of a protagonist or heroic character, and he is definitely flawed. However, he develops as the story goes on and becomes more human, and less of a stereotypical character as he appeared at first. I had a feeling that the killer would eventually turn his eye on O'Neill, and I suppose that common trend in these sorts of books can be expected to a certain degree. That didn't put me off the plot though, and I feel that Parsons really understands the genre, both the failings and the potential areas for improvement where other authors stumble. All in all, I will certainly read more by Parsons, particularly if they are of the same caliber. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Chief Inspector O'Neill became a regular character in his writing. He is a deep and intriguing character that has a lot to offer the reader. There is enough of ourselves (flawed humanity) in him that makes him very accessible, but also enough bravado and swagger to make him an ideal fictional hero. Very well done. 5 Stars!