When Loy finds an old photograph of his long missing father on Peter Dawson's boat, and a corpse is discovered in the foundations of the local town hall, things begin to get personal. Suddenly, he finds himself thrown into a world of organised crime, long-hidden secrets, corruption, violence...and murder.
©2006 Declan Hughes; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Brilliantly atmospheric...this book is a winner." (Douglas Kennedy)
What Stuart MacBride is doing for the Scottish voice, Declan Hughes does for the Irish.
The Irish really love language and use it with style. Declan Hughes has the Irish Storyteller's talent. He kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Many times I laughed, stopped and re-listened to witty, well crafted sayings or descriptions. The dialogue was magnificent. Each character had their own voice and were so very Irish in style.
A complicated web of family, neighbours and childhood friends hopscotch their way through drug and property deals, alongside yacht clubees and corrupt councillors. All very fast and violent.
Stanley Townsend gives a great performance. He obviously enjoyed telling the story as much as I enjoyed listening to it.
I wanted to like this book (I loved the Irishness of the story) but keep tripping over a few things. For one thing I couldn’t get interested in the plot. For another, I couldn't muster much sympathy for the protagonistLastly, I just kept laughing at the sexy parts (and this may rate a spoiler alert so stop reading if you don’t want to know) . . .Well, in one scene (and I listened a couple of times just to make sure I heard it right) The protag gets the stuffing beats out of him --- broken teeth, completely smashed up and bloody face, other body injuries. Then his love interest shows up. After they escape, they have wild monkey sex (with broken teeth and a nose he can’t breath thorough?) Plus he is sure he loves her like no other,,, forget the part about her being drunk or high or both all the time AND the fact that she is promiscuous s and seems to think that is shouldn’t be a problem.Well, I just couldn’t stretch my gullibility that far so I laughed myself silly
After I finished all of Adrian McKinty's books, and Stuart Neville's books, and Tana French's books (all were great!), Declan Hughes was recommended to me. This first book was ok - not awesome; not horrid.
Stanley Townsend's narration was delightful. I've always been fascinated by his voice (The Hollow Crown on PBS for example.) Great job. But the story only marginally kept me interested. I'll try the next book at some point. I like the Irish POV.
This book was difficult to get into partly because the narrator sucked. His attempt to make different voices was annoying and often difficult to understand. But the story became very interesting and worth my time. There were quit a few chatecters to keep track of and I frequently had to regress to remember who they were. The ending was very surprising. This is my first but not my last Declan Hughes book. Not quit as vivid of a writer as Perter May but very entertaining
"Gripping, authentic and compelling"
I really enjoyed this, my first Declan Huges (and it won't be my last!). An intricate plot, down-and-dirty setting, and compelling, realistic, archetypal characters all add up to a must-listen experience. Ed Loy is a suitably hard-boiled detective with a dark secret in his past, the action is hard-edged and violent, and the narration sets off the blazing dialogue brilliantly. It's not the most original private eye thriller, but I wasn't looking for originality. I was looking for authenticity and a gripping listen. And that's what I got. Highly recommended.
Declan Hughes is a terrific writer (I would put him on par with Lehane) and the narration here is really skilful. Townsend the narrator brings the cast of characters to life. Ed Loy the private eye and Tommy Owens make a really unusual but interesting partnership as they take on the corrupt the violent and the desparate people that profited so well from the Celtic Tiger.
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