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Now, Duffy finds two gay men murdered hours apart with their right hands sawed off, supposedly marking them as informers. And, as if that is not enough, an Irish girl is found hanged in some woods; it turns out that she is the ex-wife of one of several Irish hunger strikers. At first it seems that a serial killer of gay men is on the loose having nothing to do with political identity. But not so fast – he discovers one of the victims is actually the head of an ultra secret IRA division. All of a sudden matters have gotten way more complicated.
Duffy is an interesting character, using gut instinct as much as anything. He ignores orders to stay away from the case at considerable personal risk. It is a murky situation: a lot is tolerated, even violence, in the name of being on the right side of the Irish conflict. Anyone making too many waves can be dispensed with.
The best part of this book? Really it's McKinty's character. Sean was smart, brave (to the point of stupidity) and such a smart-arse. He tells us his story with ease and such clarity you feel like you're there.
I wasn't even born yet, when this all took place. The only thing I knew about The Trouble was the IRA liked to set off car bombs. And what they sang about in Irish rebel songs. This book gives you a completely different perspective. I found it both exciting and interesting to hear about how a peeler had to get dressed in riot gear just to check a murder victim's house for clues. Or the daily checking for car bombs. That wearing a seat belt was considered more dangerous than not.
The mystery itself is interesting, unique and ties so many things together that the back ground is just as important as the murder itself.
I could not recommend this book highly enough, despite my terribly punny review title. :)
Detective Sargeant Sean Duffy is newly assigned to this Protestant region. He is a born and brought up Catholic, but policing is his business and his love. He is assigned to a murder which turns out to be a serial murder of homosexuals. In 1981, in Ireland the act of homosexuality was illegal, and in the IRA it was a murder signal. No one admitted to or talked about homosexuality, and in this atmosphere DS Duffy was in charge. Intelligent and savvy, Duffy knew his way around. He was able to connect the murders to someone high in the lineage of the IRA, and he was immediately relieved of this case. Of course, a good detective leaves no stone unturned.. The mystery deepens and Duffy is the central character, and he is impressive. He has little fear, and he is someone I want to know.
This is the first of a trilogy in the times of the 'Troubles'. The author has brought us to his home country, and he is an artist with his words and writing. Once you start this book, you become deeply engrossed, there is no turning back. The characters are all well developed, and you know them from the descriptions, therein. This is a series that is sure to catch on quickly. One of the better mysteries of the year.
Recommended. prisrob 04-24-13
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