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Published by Sphere, 19
September 2019. ISBN: 978-0-7515-6933-9 (PB)
This is the second book in this series featuring
Detective Cormac Reilly and his colleagues in the Galway Garda (Irish) police.
In the earlier title (The Ruin, reviewed in the Mystery People website
in 2018) we learn that Cormac, himself originally from Galway where his career
in the Garda had begun, had decided to return to his hometown, partly because
he had had enough of big city crime in Dublin, and more because his girlfriend
Emma Sweeney had been offered a fantastic job at Darcy Therapeutics, a local
therapeutics research centre of worldwide importance based at Galway
Emma finds her work
at Darcy Therapeutics rewarding but Cormac meets with hostility and suspicion
from some of his colleagues, including his boss Superintendent Brian Murphy.
Fed up with being side-lined into investigating cold cases, he asks Murphy for
the opportunity of dealing with something more immediate; Murphy agrees and
passes onto him an ongoing inquiry into a case of serious domestic abuse. But
almost immediately Emma discovers in the university car park the body of a
young woman who has been deliberately run over, her head and face so badly
injured that she is impossible to identify except that Emma thinks that she
could be Carline Darcy with whom Emma has worked on research projects although
she did not know her well. This is corroborated by a security pass in Carline’s
pocket in that name. Cormac is anxious that he should be the officer
investigating this death because he fears that Emma, whose mental fragility is
delicate owing to a serious episode in her past, might not be treated by some
of his colleagues with the sensitivity that he feels she requires. So, Cormac
takes the case on but when he goes to Carline’s flat in an upmarket part of
Galway (Carline’s grandfather is John Darcy, the boss of Darcy Therapeutics) he
finds that Carline is alive and well. So, who was the dead girl? And is there a
link between her and a missing girl, Della Lambert, who had been a fellow
student of Carline’s but who came from a very different background and who had
apparently given up her studies a year or so ago?
investigation leads him into some very difficult terrain. There are those in
the university who do not wish to cause any awkwardness to John Darcy or anyone
with an interest in Darcy Therapeutics and even some support for this among
Cormac’s superiors. Questions arise as to whether Emma was more involved with
what was going on than she originally admitted. And while many of Cormac’s
colleagues are happy to work with him, there are others who are not and who
resent any successes that he might achieve.
This is a
well-plotted police procedural with several intricate plot strands. Personally,
I would have liked some more physical description of its setting, Galway City
and the surrounding landscape. -------
was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate
law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of
Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global
financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now
lives with her husband and two children.Her debut novel The Rúin sold
in a six-way auction in Australia and New Zealand, and has since sold to the
United States, the UK and Ireland, and Germany.
born in the U.S. but has lived in the U.K. since she was seven apart from seven
years in The Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice.
Instead she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and still does occasional
work for them including taking part in a substantial revision and updating of
her late husband’s legal practitioners’ work on Criminal Evidence published
late 2015. She has also contributed short stories with a distinctly criminal
flavour to two of the Oxford Stories anthologies published by Oxpens Press – a
third story is to be published shortly in another Oxford Stories anthology –
and is now concentrating on her own writing.