A dwindling bank account convinces Loy to delve into the deadly underworld of horse racing, but fortune soon smiles on him: while working another case, he discovers a phone number linked to F. X. on a badly beaten body left at an illegal dump.
Loy's been around long enough to know that there's more to the Tyrrell family than meets the eye - and then a third body appears...
©2008 Declan Hughes; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Declan Hughes breathes new life into the private detective story." (Michael Connolly)
I read both of Declan Hughes books - The Wrong Kind of Blood and the Colour of Blood and enjoyed both. They are not for the delicate reader as there is violence and brutality and profanity and much, much drinking. But there is also an insight into the Irish soul...and for those of us who have an Irish heritage, a comforting insight into our dark side. It is not necessary to have read the two previous books to enjoy Dying Breed, which apparently is not in print yet in the US. I'm not a particular fan of horse racing, but the information in this story was interesting and informative. There is a lot of sorrow in the story, but also vindication. Well worth your time.
I enjoyed this story quite a bit, though as mentioned by a previous reviewer it is not for the faint of heart. There is a good deal of cursing and violence, and though it's not overly explicit, it's very disturbing. I enjoyed the story quite a bit until the end of it, when a whole section is narrated from the point of view of the main character's friend/employee. The narrator tries to use a higher-pitched voice for this character which causes his voice to crack and squeak a LOT. It does suit the character, when it's just a bit of dialogue, but it is incredibly annoying, and I'm not an easily annoyed person. It's a pity because this character has a lot of humorous comments that would typically make me enjoy his appearance in the story, but the squeakiness of him is so over-the-top that I can't imagine a man who talks like the would even have a friend/employer!
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