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Staying with our Irish theme for the day....
When Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin is summoned to a burning barn, he finds inside the charred remains of a man who is quickly identified as local drug dealer Martin Kielty. It soon becomes clear that Kielty's death was no accident, and suspicion falls on a local vigilante group. Former paramilitaries, the men call themselves The Rising.
Meanwhile, a former colleague's teenage son has gone missing during a seaside camping trip. Devlin is relieved when the boy's mother receives a text message from her son's phone, and so when a body is reported, washed up on a nearby beach, the inspector is baffled. When another drug dealer is killed, Devlin realizes that the spate of deaths is more complex than mere vigilantism.
But just as it seems he is close to understanding the case, a personal crisis will strike at the heart of Ben's own family, and he will be forced to confront the compromises his career has forced upon him.
This is the 4th book in the Devlin series (following Borderlands, Gallows Lane and Bleed a River Deep, and the next book- The Namesless Dead) and it will have you glued to the pages, turning them as fast as you can! I LOVE Devlin- he is flawed, smart, and knows his job. Maybe too well. He knows instinctively that something is off about the boy's disappearance, and wants to find him, as the case is pulling him away from his family and creating animosity with his wife, who knows the feelings he had for the boy's mother. At the same time the drug case comes MUCH closer to home in ways he didn't expect, and that will shatter his family yo the core. In many ways the book is a honest look at combining police work and family life, and how their intersecting can cause ripples all around. A page turner you have to read if you love police procedurals!
If you haven't checked out this series, you should! The scenes provides an interesting look inside Irish policing. I'll be going back and reading the previous books in the series!
About the Author:
Brian McGilloway is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Benedict Devlin series. He was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. After studying English at Queen’s University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb’s College in Derry, where he is currently Head of English.