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- ASIN : B007L24U4M
- Publisher : Macmillan; Main Market edition (May 10, 2012)
- Publication date : May 10, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 869 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 392 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,132 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All of whom are entirely plausible and redolent of the overwhelming non-choice we are all given, without warning, explanation or instruction manual, of surviving. At least until relieved. The characters; us, are all just getting by, believing, be it true or not, that our lives have purpose, our
actions justifications, and our in-action entirely the result of, not personal failings or priorities, but the
result of unavoidable obstacles. Deluded, then, we survive. Lazy, obsessive, commendable, deplorable, believed led by a spiritual authority to do whatever the help we like, or led, not entirely by our clueless selves, but with the intervention of meaning-free words like "faith", "luck", "ambition", "chosen-purpose" and "life". Regardless, McGilloway's people are always, "doing their best".
This is a ghost story. A true folk tale. An cohabitation of an Island Of The Dead, infused, by the author, with bone-tingling, mythic proportions. This work is profoundly accomplished. And, terrifying. And, beautiful. Both magical and "every day".
My love of, and work with, babies, internationally,
which has inspired in me a deep empathy for the very young, left me, reading this book, often in tears. Some of them even of joy. Because, SOMEONE must care. And, here, someone DOES.
Our friend, Inspector Devlin. He of the temper, the mind and the heart. He's rather a "The Wizard Of Oz" reduction. To that fable's both specifics and general purpose. Home. Companionship. The mind, the heart, courage and a journey. There's even a "Toto". This novel is a deeply involving and moving
tribute to the essential validity of every human life. May I suggest that you read The Devlin series, please (and, may I ask Mr. GaLloway for as many subsequent installments as he can plausibly devine)?
As with all of Brian McGilloway’s novels, this one is top notch.
It is both well written and plotted and reads linearly. Sufficient information is given on the main characters to ground them in “real” life, but not so much that it intrudes on the story. The mystery starts out immediately and only increases as the story goes on.
Declan Cleary is among the “disappeared.” A tip off about his body being buried on Islandmore is received by the police. Since the commission on the disappeared is currently investigating the cillen (babies who died at birth and cannot be buried in consecrated ground), located there, it is of little hassle to also look for Declan.
Declan’s son, Sean has never met him. Declan was killed before Sean was born. But Sean is very angry at his father’s murder and fighting mad about due to the amnesty the bodies located cannot be investigated, and no one can be prosecuted for their murders.
When Sean turns up murdered in Northern Ireland, Investigator Benedict “Ben” Devlin is on the case along with his Northern Ireland friend, Hendry. The conspiracy gets bigger and there are several sub-plots driving this story. When another man is murdered, who had a connection to Sean, the tension in the story increases.
I send a hats off to Brian McGilloway who is a fine writer.
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Devlin unearths more than he expected to as seven babies are discovered, all of them with facial deformities and one showing signs of being murdered.
Devlin is warned that he is not allowed to investigate the deaths of these historic bodies, but he discovers links to modern day crimes - and he is not able to let them go. Especially when they impact on his own family!
This is another cracking story from the author. We meet characters from the previous books and a whole lot of unsavoury new ones. We also learn more about mother and baby clinics where unmarried young girls were sent to deliver their babies... and were often mistreated as a result of their shame.
This is a difficult and sensitive story to explore, but it is handled with skill and aplomb by the author as it reaches its compromising conclusion.
Devlin knows he cannot pursue an investigation relating to the body they were looking for but he has a hard time being convinced that this rule applies to the little girl. He remains unconvinced. It's a rather complicated plot because these later deaths of the babies all seem to lead to modern day criminals who carry on with their killing under the noses of the investigators. Devlin has, as before, significant help from his friend in the North, DI Jim Hendry, principally because the burying ground straddles the north/south border and Hendry can take a few more liberties.
Devlin's troubles at home centre aound a teenage daughter who was seriously injured in a riding incident in a previous book now finding her rebellious nature leading her to a liaison with the son of Devlin's nemesis, Morrison and Devlin's younger son feeling left out in the family heirarchy. I don't know whether all this social angst works. Another author has tried this but, for me, it tends to slow the pace of the book.
Anyway, Devlin is up and running, making discoveries about missing children, saddened mothers and criminals preying on the desperate need for some to have a child, not necessarily their own.
He's a likeable character is Ben Devlin. He gets the job done, he puts up with his seniors always looking over their shoulder - and his, wondering about their promotion chances. And he faces up to the embedded criminals in the Irish underworld on both sides of the border.
The book reads well, it's entertaining and the author manages to continue with his series, leaving the reader waiting for the next book to see where Devlin might take us.
Brian McGilloway's writing is economic. Punchy descriptions and dialogue.
This is a terrific plot that does justice to the cross boarder conflicts and life after the troubles but is routed in events of the past. BM very skillfully keeps it contemporary; many would draw on a the writer's go to - the slowly revealed past as a separate story unfolding with the main narrative. The real skill is doing justice to things from the past but revealing those facts through detective work and dialogue progression so the mystery is contained and the solution rarely fully focuses until the dramatic conclusion.
The subject matter is grim with serious political struggles and religious shortcomings being touched upon sensitively and without rhetoric or justification leaving the reader to be involved and make their own mind up regarding these matters.
I like that best in novels as it allows you to be fully engaged with the story, its setting and the decisions people make in the knowledge known at the time.
This is McGilloway's skill and makes his books worth reading in terms of his historical context and thought provoking subject matter. At the heart of the story are real people. A crime and the difficulties detectives have in trying to solve the case.
Here we have the digging up of the past which uncovers a number of issues a lot of people would like to stay buried. It is how that premises unravels with the plot that makes this an exceptional novel and a intriguing crime murder mystery.
A book that does not require the reader to have read the previous stories already published; it stands alone as a gripping story from the Border region in Ireland but I guarantee once read you'll be chasing down the earlier episodes of this excellent police procedural series.