Monday, March 21, 2016

Book Review: The Gun by Daithi Kavanagh

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Reading Addiction blog tours, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.

And now for a mystery set in Ireland, perfect for March reading!


Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan leads a special unit that investigates politically motivated crime. A man known only as The Deerstalker is a cancer who has infected the Irish political system.

Sullivan teams up with journalist Helen Carty, and together they try tracking down the mysterious killer. Carty adds to Sullivan’s problems, when he finds himself falling in love with her. And further complicating things, he starts losing trust in his partner, Detective Pat Carter, who appears to be on the side of the Garda Commissioner, who Sullivan is rapidly falling out with.

Sullivan’s case is further thrown into confusion when a copycat killer, Tommy Walsh, is shot dead by the CIA. When the CIA discovers that they've killed the wrong person, the two agents involved--Simon, who has become disillusioned by his time stationed in the Middle East, and Joey, a psychopath who confuses zealotry with patriotism--are also in pursuit of The Deerstalker.

Sullivan finds himself in a race against time, if he is to arrest The Deerstalker before the CIA take him out, and use his death as a pawn in a political game of chess.

Who will win out in the end?

Book Excerpt:

“Tadhg, it’s, Burns,” Detective Pat Carter whispered, as he handed the phone over to his boss. Sullivan took the phone throwing his eyes to heaven. Stuart Burns was the Garda Commissioner and made Sullivan’s life hell.

“Yes, how can I help you?”

“I’m not sure,” Burns replied. “It’s probably nothing, but we have to check it out anyway.”

“Check what out exactly?”

He waited patiently for an answer. He could hear breathing on the other end of the phone.

“The Minister for Justice has just been on to me. Someone has sent a message threatening to shoot a senior politician, unless the Government will reverse certain policy decisions. I haven’t got all the details yet. He’s meeting me tonight to go through it. He’s afraid of this getting out. The media would have a field day. So Tadhg, I want you to work on this yourself, just you and one other you can trust. If this gets out, the Government will be on me like a ton of bricks. I want total discretion. Not even a hint of this is to escape your department.”


Irish police procedurals are unique, as they have to deal with the sordid history of the 'troubles' and the 1916 uprising. When you have to factor in IRA 'terrorists' and bombers, what you end up getting is a historical based police mystery, that informs and teaches, as much as it delights with its mystery! Tadhg Sullivan  is an interesting character- very flawed, yet likable. He is dogged and stubborn, but in a good way- he WILL close the case fo The Deerstalker if its the last thing he does. He walks the line between the old guard and the new, when it comes to policing, with the old guard finding him too forward thinking. How he works this case is interesting and will keep you rapidly turning the pages! Do NOT miss this new series, I will be picking up Book 2 of the series to read,a and anxiously awaiting Book 3! 

About the Author:

Daithi Kavanagh is 57 years old and lives with his wife and two teenage children in Trinity, Wexford, Ireland. Up to 2012 when the recession hit Ireland he was making a living as a musician. He then went back to adult education and completed his Leaving Certificate in 2014. He is now studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies at Wexford Campus.

While he was studying he began writing ‘The Gun’ which is the first book in The Tadhg Sullivan Series.  His second book in the series called The Brotherhood was released in May 2015. He is currently working on the third book in the series.

He plays guitar and sings in many of the pubs in his hometown of Wexford where he is often joined by his two children Ella and Rory who play fiddle and flute. In his spare time he likes to walk his two dogs with his wife Caroline. Check out his website for more info:

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nicole and thank you for hosting The Gun today and for your lovely review! Daithi


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