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DI Owen Sheen vowed to his father never to return to Ireland. But years have passed, and Sheen needs answers to the questions he has surrounding his brother’s death.

He is on loan from the Met under the belief he will be helping set up a new Historical Offences Team. On arrival to Ireland, plans change, and he finds himself partnered with newly promoted DC Aoife McCusker to work on her first appointed murder investigation. 

John Fryer, an IRA veteran, has recently escaped from a mental asylum. Sheen thinks Fryer was involved in the killing of his brother and is now after him. But will Sheen be able to put his personal agenda aside?

©2017 Gary Donnelly (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Unexpectedly Great !!! New Irish Mystery Writer

I read technical science fiction (i.e. not fantasy), police procedurals (especially United Kingdom) and historical biographies. A friend told me I "had to" read this new book by freshman author Gary Donnelly -- I would just love it. But when I asked for details, I was less than enthusiastic--because when looking into Irish mysteries try to screen out IRA/The Troubles books and anything to do with the Catholic "laundries" (missing kids where the mystery leads back to abuses in the churches between 1940 and 1980.) Just Too Many. So when I found out it had a large sub-plot surrounding the IRA v. Loyalists (past and present) I sighed. But my friend was relentless. Even through the first two chapters I remained skeptical. But this book is mostly set in the present and turned out to be really good. The plot is intricate but not oblique, there is Irish darkness but not despair, and I really liked the two main characters -- despite the fact that they both (male and female) have their flaws. I would suggest this to you, and I hope there are more from Mr. Donnelly !

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