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Series
McGilloway, Brian, 1974- Inspector Devlin mystery ; v. 1.
Inspector Devlin mystery.
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Published
New York : Thomas Dunne Books 2008.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Physical Description
227 p.
ISBN
9780312384067
0312384068
Main Author
Brian McGilloway, 1974- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* The week before Christmas, a teenage girl is found dead, nearly naked and sprawled  half across the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland—technically an international boundary. Tensions between North and South have cooled considerably since the days of the Troubles, however, and both police forces work together when crimes cross the seemingly arbitrary boundary. Small-town inspector Ben Devlin has never investigated a murder before, and his progress is hampered by the trust he wants to place in his colleagues and neighbors, even as these same acquaintances seem increasingly likely candidates for murderer. But Devlin perseveres, and with the help of the police in the north, he gradually focuses in on the murderer, even as the winter weather bears down and his family is threatened. Devlin may work slowly, but the pacing of the book never falters, and McGilloway builds suspense gradually but inexorably, as the reader and Devlin race to uncover the murderer's true identity before more people are killed. With a mood and investigative style reminiscent of Hakan Nesser's Inspector Van Veeteren series, and a backstory paralleling the mostly happy home life of Helene Tursten's Detective Inspector Huss, this is an excellent new procedural series, especially notable for its realistic and sensitive portrayal of life in modern Ireland. Essential for mystery collections. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The corpse of a teenaged girl is found in the borderlands between Ireland and Northern Ireland. When it is determined that she resided in County Donegal, Inspector Benedict Devlin of the An Garda Siochana (the Irish Republic's police service) becomes lead investigator. Since the Garda and the Police Service of Northern Ireland are cooperating on this case, the investigation involves people on both sides of the border and offers a glimpse of life in the two Irelands. This debut novel, which was shortlisted for the 2007 New Blood Dagger, will appeal to readers who like clean plotting and characters facing the complexities of modern life while still living the old ways. The works of Charles Paul come to mind as readalikes. Public libraries should welcome this worthy addition to the growing body of police procedurals set in Ireland. [Page 57]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When the body of 15-year-old Angela Cashell is found straddling the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in McGilloway's assured debut, Garda inspector Benedict Devlin takes charge of the case because he recognizes the victim as a resident of his part of Ireland. The only clues are a gold ring Angela was wearing but no one in her family can identify and an old photograph Devlin discovers amid the flowers left by mourners. Though Devlin and his team first suspect teenage Whitey McKelvey, a member of an itinerant group known as "travellers," another body soon turns up along with the same photograph, and Devlin realizes that the case runs much deeper. McGilloway skillfully weaves Irish politics—from the shadow of the IRA in the North to the tensions between the travellers and locals in the South—into his multilayered story. A keen observer, Devlin has just enough flaws to make him an empathetic hero. (Sept.) [Page 158]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When the corpse of a teenager turns up in an area known as the borderlands between the North and South of Ireland, Inspector Benedict Devlin heads up an investigation whose only clues are a gold ring placed on the girl's finger and an old photograph, but things are complicated by the killing of another teenager, and Devlin unearths a link between the killings. 15,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Winter 2002. The corpse of local teenager Angela Cashell is found on the Tyrone-Donegal border, between the North and South of Ireland, in an area known as the Borderlands. Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin heads the investigation. The only clues are a gold ring placed on the girl's finger and an old photograph, left where she died.While Devlin searches for the girl's killer, her father has his own ideas about who is responsibleand his own ideas about how to make the killer pay. Meanwhile, Devlin becomes reacquainted with an old flame eager to rekindle their affair.Then another teenager is murdered, and Devlin unearths a link between the recent killings and the disappearance of a prostitute twenty-five years earlier - a case in which he fears one of his own colleagues is implicated. As a thickening snowstorm blurs the border between North and South, Devlin finds the distinction between right and wrong, vengeance and justice, and even police officer and criminal becoming equally unclear.A dazzling and highly lyrical debut crime novel, Borderlands marks the beginning of a compelling new series featuring Inspector Benedict Devlin.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The snow ceased as the assistant state pathologist arrived, black medical bag in hand. I stood by the river as she worked, and watched the sun exploding low over the horizon. From the New York Times bestselling author of Little Girl Lost comes a new voice in Irish crime fiction. Winter 2002. The corpse of local teenager Angela Cashell is found on the Tyrone-Donegal border, between the North and South of Ireland, in an area known as the Borderlands. Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin heads the investigation. The only clues are a gold ring placed on the girl’s finger and an old photograph, left where she died. While Devlin searches for the girl’s killer, her father has his own ideas about who is responsible—and his own ideas about how to make them pay. Meanwhile, Devlin becomes reacquainted with an old flame eager to rekindle their affair. Then another teenager is murdered, and Devlin unearths a link between the recent killings and the disappearance of a prostitute twenty-five years earlier—a case in which he fears one of his own colleagues is implicated. As a thickening snow storm blurs the border between North and South, Devlin finds the distinction between right and wrong, vengeance and justice, and even police officer and criminal becoming equally unclear.A dazzling and highly lyrical debut crime novel, Borderlands marks the beginning of a compelling new series featuring Inspector Benedict Devlin.