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Ed Loy hasn't been back to Dublin for 20 years. Now his mother is dead, and he has returned home to bury her. He soon realises that the world waiting for him is very different from the one he left behind all those years ago. An old classmate, Linda Dawson, pleads with him to find her missing husband, Peter. She doesn't want the police involved. 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
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"Brilliantly atmospheric...this book is a winner." (Douglas Kennedy)
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By Lesley on 03-20-10

Rough, Pacy, Sharp and Entertainingly Irish

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.

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By Maine Knitter on 12-17-16

Great narration

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.

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By Helen on 11-16-10

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.

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By Kevin on 11-06-10

brilliant

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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By Rhys on 05-06-17

A masterclass of gritty crime & passion.

If you enjoy gritty crime and violence reminiscent of a early lee child this book is for you,

Overly detailed in parts but plays into that gritty crime feel and an art lost by most modern writers.

A performance that puts you in the story! Narration on par if not better than a Jonathan keeble

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