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The Price of Blood: An Irish Novel of Suspense (Ed Loy Novels) Hardcover – March 18, 2008

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Starred Review. Hired by Father Vincent Tyrrell to find Patrick Hutton, a jockey missing for 10 years, Ed Loy quickly finds himself investigating not one but two grisly murders in playwright Hughes's stellar third novel to feature the Dublin PI (after 2007's The Color of Blood). At the same time, Loy must stay on his guard against members of the Halligan family, who blame him for the incarceration of one of their own. An innocent fling with the mysterious Miranda Hart leads Loy ever deeper into the heart of a complex drama that spans decades and involves several members of the powerful Tyrrell family. At least one murder turns out not to be what it seems. Beaten up, warned off and yet undaunted, Loy uncovers a horrible series of secrets, leading to a violent and labyrinthine conclusion at a famous Irish horse-racing festival. This intelligent, often brutal thriller will have readers' hearts racing from start to finish. (Mar.)
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PRAISE FOR THE DYING BREED -- ** 'A very fine writer' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Hughes is not afraid to take his references and run with them, he is not afraid to have a good time. Above all, he is not afraid of writing well' -- Anne Enright, Guardian 'A deeply atmospheric writer ... [Hughes'] keen ear for the demotic, his sharp eye for the damning detail, makes The Dying Breed a vivid, gripping, and ... chilling read.' -- Claire Kilroy, Irish Times 'Hughes is an impressive talent' -- Irish Independent 'This intelligent, often brutal thriller will have readers' hearts racing from start to finish.' -- Publishers Weekly starred review 'As crisply written as his previous books, Hughes is definitely onto another winner' -- Dublin Evening Herald 'Well-written and sharp' -- Irish Sunday Independent 'The book is rich in character and strong in narration and will keep the reader glued right through to the last line' -- Expressit '...Rising Irish crime star Declan Hughes turns his acerbic eye on the Irish horseracing scene' -- Observer 'Think of Ed Loy books as contemporary Chandleresque but with an Irish setting and a more interesting, humane and sympathetic PI' -- CrimeFest PRAISE FOR DECLAN HUGHES: -- * 'To call Declan Hughes "a natural" is to engage in understatement. Here is a crime novel that's both deftly plotted and truly character-driven. Like Chandler's Los Angeles, Hughes's Dublin is brilliantly atmospheric. The dialogue crackles and the characters have a truly lived-in authenticity. A great read' -- Douglas Kennedy 'Declan Hughes breathes new life into the private detective story with The Wrong Kind of Blood. This thrilling ride of deception brilliantly teaches us that the past is never far behind us, that it can reach out and grab us at any time' -- Michael Connelly 'Finally Ireland gets a hardboiled detective worthy of the name...- it's not hard to see why [Declan Hughes'] publisher placed so much faith in such a relative newcomer' - Robert Mayes -- Ireland on Sunday 20060416 'Top class ... Fast moving, and paced with acutely observed dialogue, Hughes draws an accurate and decidedly dark picture of the changes wrought by Celtic Tiger Ireland on Seaview and its inhabitants. Highly recommended' -- Irish Independent Review 20060415 'Hughes is in his element describing the sites and sounds of the places Loy visits' - Ken Griffin -- Sunday Tribune 20060416 'Declan Hughes manages the extremely difficult trick of not only locating a credible thriller in Ireland but also casting an eye on the way this society has changed utterly in the past two decades ... Hughes laces his plot with razor-sharp and frequently hilarious comments on Irish society' -- Herald AM and Evening Herald 20060401 'Declan Hughes has written a thriller that is a hell of a good read... there's an energy to his writing that suggests he's in it for the long haul' -- Irish Sunday Independent 20060430 'I'd be prepared to swear that there has never been a character in Irish crime fiction with a name so taut, muscular and slyly tongue in cheek as Ed Loy ...' -- Irish Times 20060501 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Ed Loy Novels (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060825510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060825515
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Declan Hughes is the author of the Ed Loy PI series: The Wrong Kind of Blood; The Colour of Blood; The Price of Blood/The Dying Breed; All The Dead Voices and City of Lost Girls. His books have been nominated for the Edgar, CWA New Blood Dagger, Shamus, Macavity and Theakston's Old Peculier awards. The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus for Best First PI Novel, and, in France, the Le Point Magazine prize for best foreign crime novel. Declan is also an award-winning playwright, and the co-founder and former artistic director of Dublin's Rough Magic Theatre Company. His latest novel is called All The Things You Are.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on May 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The latest in the Ed Loy series has the Irish PI looking for a jockey who disappeared years before after holding back a favorite horse so it would lose. It brings him into the midst of deep dark secrets of a prominent horse-breeding and -racing family. Although there isn't enough information to even begin an investigation, such a lack doesn't seem to deter Loy.

Discovery of the first of several bodies opens the inquiry into the many mysteries of the Tyrell family. All this takes place beginning on Christmas Eve and leads up to the four-day Leopardstown Racecourse Christmas Festival. The story is set among the current and past Irish economic and social conditions, with observations on the people and the Catholic Church playing an important role. The plot involves, as usual, the sins of the fathers cast upon the children.

The drama is high, the writing solid. This third in the series is as gripping as its predecessors, and is highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In Dublin, Father Vincent Tyrrell hires private investigator Ed Loy to find missing jockey Patrick Hutton. The case is made complex by the fact that his client offers only a name and that Hutton disappeared about a decade ago. Loy wants to say forget it as he figures he has little chance of finding the man, but the fee is too good to ignore.

Loy knows he must tread the streets very carefully as the Halligan family plan to rough him and more because they hold him culpable for one of them residing behind bars. As he makes inquiries on another case involving a homicide that leads back to Father Vincent's brother affluent business mogul F.X. Tyrell, Loy soon finds himself investigating two other related homicides connected to the Tyrell family. Beaten severely and told to back off or else, Loy keeps digging until the trail takes him to the four-day Leopardstown Race-course Christmas Festival.

In his third appearance (see THE COLOR OF BLOOD and THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD) Loy does what he does best: gets tattered and threatened but keeps on ticking. The story line is fast-paced from the opening request and though filled with neat twists never slows down until the final altercation. Bruised, battered and beaten, Loy still conducts intelligent inquires whose link is F.X. Private investigative fans will enjoy Declan Hughes' strong Irish mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on May 18, 2010
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In a recent interview, Irish author Declan Hughes talks about his Ed Loy mystery series. The books, he says, are family gothic. "Despite the impression Irish people give that we're open and friendly and candid, there's a lot we don't want to tell you -- a lot of skeletons in our closets."

In this third Ed Loy P. I. novel, Hughes relates a family saga full of family blood, betrayal, and secrets. Keeping the secrets is THE PRICE OF BLOOD. (The UK title THE DYING BREED expresses the content well, too.)

Ed Loy, a private investigator, is asked to solve the disappearance of a jockey who worked for the prominent racehorse trainer, F. X. Tyrell. The Tyrells are well known in the region around north Wicklow and the Dublin Border. They, two brothers and a sister, are the usual rich Irish Catholic family: elder brother inherits the farm, younger becomes a priest, and unmarried sister comes home and keeps house for her older brother. Along the way Ed works closely with boyhood friend Dave Connelly, a detective sergeant with the Garda, as they try to solve three murders by the Omega Man, a vicious killer who cuts out the tongues of his victims. (Dave and Ed's trip to the morgue in Chapter Seven explains their camaraderie with a bit of humor.)

This powerful tale takes the reader into the midst of contemporary Irish life in Dublin and features one of Ireland's most anticipated sports events, the four-day Leopardstown Racecourse Christmas Festival.

And reveals the secrets of the industrial schools of yesterday. It seems F. X. Tyrell recruited his jockeys from the lads at the not-quite-an orphanage for wayward boys. After a chilling contemporary visit to the remains of one such school, Hughes comments:

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W. Nicholas on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ed Loy is a private eye, in Dublin. He is hired to try and find someone who's littering on someone's yard (seems ridiculous, doesn't it?) and also hired to find a missing person, by someone else. Of course while following the litterbug, he stumbles on the corpse of the missing guy--the sort of coincidence that could only happen in a ridiculous novel, or reality. In even semi-well-written fiction, the author wouldn't be allowed to do something like this, but Hughes somehow thinks he can get away with it. It's a bit annoying.

I like books with foreign characters and settings as much as the next guy, but when you get to the point where everyone says "f---" as an adjective to everything it gets a bit much, and the whole cast smokes and drinks constantly throughout the story. You wonder how the guy is functioning by page 100 or so--he keeps drinking, at all hours of the day, for the rest of the book. It's annoying, even for someone like me who normally isn't bothered by that.

And the plot is ridiculous. It's overly complex, and very confused. It's hard to keep the characters straight, there are several twists that don't particularly make sense, and the end result is much less than completely satisfying. I frankly found the whole thing pretty boring, and couldn't wait for it to be done.
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