The first in an electrifying new British detective series starring PC Donal Casey.
Meet PC Donal Lynch. Irish runaway. Insomniac. Functioning alcoholic.
Donal is new to working the beat in London, trying his best to forget that night. After all, there aren't many police officers who can say they have a convicted murderer for an ex-girlfriend. So when a woman is murdered on his patch, Donal throws himself into the case.
As the first person on the scene, Donal can't forget the horrific sight that faced him - and he knows this case can't go unsolved. But how do you solve a case with no lead suspect and no evidence? As his past catches up with him, Donal is forced to confront his demons and the girl he left behind. But what will crack first, the case or Donal?
Chilling, brutal, addictive - if you like Tim Weaver and James Oswald, you will love James Nally.
©2015 James Nally (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Set in the early 1990s, the background is familiar enough to be recognizable. Ireland has not yet begun the crazed wealth of the property boom and its young hopefuls are migrating to London and the US in search of prosperity. The real star of this book, though, is the deprecating wit of the protagonist, often centered on the mispronunciation of his given name. An original and promising start with an original slant on the crime novel.
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