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Summary

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

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I Could Become Part of the Lynch Mob!

While I eagerly await The Gathering Dark from James Oswald this one took my eye because of the similarities of mixing a troubled lead character with hints of the supernatural. It does in fact satisfy in similar ways but takes a very different approach. Donal Lynch gets visited by the recently dead and their interactions are not pleasant. In the blurb the girl that he left behind is mentioned but there is no indication of the rather incredible circumstances surrounding that. Unlike the usual enigmatic past that is gradually pieced together across series like this we quickly get into that past and it is weaved around the current events nicely to form a complete story.

The narration feels very authentic and I enjoyed Aidan Kelly's performance but a great voice actor he is not and his feminine characters sound anything but feminine which might be distracting to some.

I genuinely liked this and will probably follow Donal Lynch's adventures in the future (well the 1990s!). There is some good humour in there too with his christian name seeming to be rather troublesome to his fellow characters being a highlight.

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  • 20-11-16

excellent,addictive

first time out for James Bally, and I am hooked, witty, thought provoking, excellent. Aidan Kelly narrates it brilliantly, I have now downloaded the next in the series.

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enjoyable crime drama with a twist

Great story and narration. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for next installment of Dc Lynchs' escapades.

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Dreary

I tried really hard with this book and managed as far as Chapter 23 but I just got to the point where I didn't care who did all the stabbing and I really couldn't stand the accents of any of the characters who all sounded pretty loveless at best. I couldn't help but think that the main character Donal needed a good shake til his teeth rattled, utterly gormless.

Sorry, not for me!

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Can't wait to read the next one!

Great Story, great writing! Highly recommend for crime fans.
I was pulled in immediately and couldn't put it down. Hope this proves to be a long series of books. Already downloaded the next one.

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Sophisticated and amusing

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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Loved book

I loved this audio book in particular the humour and the excellent narrator 10 stars to him

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Far Fetched

Disappointing ending. Second sight and hallucinations difficult to swallow. Can’t decide if he actually got the chief of police in a headlock or it was wishful thinking. Again. Don’t think I’ll read the next one to find out