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Summary

The house was like something out of a Jane Austen novel, but the truth of what lay in the shadows was more terrifying than any fictional imagining. 

Shane Dunphy recalls the experience of his darkest nightmares: a young girl describing missing children as playthings at house parties, but no one was listening; a malevolent, threatening presence looming in the residence they called the Bad Place, and Shane was forced to flee. 

And now, 20 years later, a mother pleads with him to find her son who vanished at age five.  

Determined to redress his mistakes, Shane doggedly investigates and begins to uncover a vast international child-trafficking ring that goes to the very top of the establishment.  

And behind it all there’s the Dark Man, a hideous exile from humanity who has decided Shane needs to be taught a final lesson. Recounting cases of historical child disappearances, unsolved abductions, collusion with the Catholic church and its culture of secrets, lies and cover up, Shane Dunphy builds a picture of a complex web of organised criminality. 

And, in a powerful story of personal redemption, Shane attempts to confront his demons and bring the notorious ringleader to justice.

©2019 Shane Dunphy (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Tragically beautiful

So much tragedy and pain woven into a beautifully intricate history of secrecy and evil living just below the surface. And the author examining how it survives because of our complicity and abuse of power.
Shane Dunphy is a wonderful storyteller. I love the musical elements which add to the haunting nature of this powerful book.

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Thank you Mr Dunphy!

Well written and narrated. Match that with a gripping and very interesting plot and you get an excellent production.

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Gripping

It was tough to try to discern truth from fiction sometimes, and then wondering if there's any basis for the more crazy parts of the story, eh the uncle! It was a gripping listen for sure!

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The devastating loss of children is How nightmares begin

A gripping listen from the first hauntingly beautiful music and lyrics to the very last sentence. It is interspersed with with notes from the margin informing the listener of little known, or rather, little understood facts surrounding the culture and development of an Ireland that allowed the church and other organisations to collude in the destruction of childhood.

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Wow... Just wow

Shane, you had me gripped again.. Looking forward to listening to the last one of the series..

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gripping from start to finish


tough subjects need to be discussed openly especially if they make you feel uncomfortable

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Heavy stuff

Another very insightful and gripping story by Shane Dunphy which enlightened me on a wide variety of topics surrounding historical and ongoing Irish crime. The book does delve into some grim and uncomfortable stories which I myself found hard to stomach. That being said, I believe all these stories are necessary overall in order to understand the true gravity of evil possessed by some people. Great book though

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I could not stop listening to this.

. Love the format of these books the back ground history. So well told. Heartbreaking

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wow fantastic

wow I listened to this audio as I walk a few times I had to look over my shoulder the stories are chilling and the reading and performance was fantastic cant wait to start the next one great series keeps you gripped to the end wanting more

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Unusually Captivating

5 across the board.

The author's performance was excellent - subtle and well delivered.

I think another reader mentioned not knowing where his case notes ended and the fiction began. I see what they mean now.

I loved the "in between the story" factual chapters about real cases and didn't feel the author's love of folk music interfered too much with the story although not my bag. I'd keep it to the leading out of some chapters for mood rather than a performance piece - but that said it was different and not jarring at all.

No question I am looking at the authors other books as we speak. Stories, well told, are a rare commodity these days. This was told with humour and a real love of the subject but not in a depressingly sad way. A bit like Frank McCourt.

I got the impression this was trying to tell you that these organised groups are a thing - and the more people continue to say to themselves they aren't - the more trouble is there for us.

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  • 06-12-20

Amazing, Heartfelt, and Wonderful

I admire Shane Dunphy; his thoughts, music, writing. Certainly has left me thinking. Music and history is captivating and wanting more. You are a great man and an amazing person.
Thank you for writing this book. Much love from Cleveland Ohio Alicia Walker.

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  • 02-12-20

Mesmerizing storytelling by Shane Dunphy!

I first heard about Shane’s work through one of the scariest ghost stories I’d ever heard. I learned he had written other works- and quickly ordered all I could find. This story is even more frightening than the ghost story because it tells of human monsters all around us- this story is brilliantly written and performed by Mr Dunphy himself- for me making it more alive. I’m glad to know that good writing is in the service of the truth- even if the truth scares the wits out of me!

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  • Irishmammy
  • 20-11-20

Such a sad tale with twists and turns galore!

I am a huge Shane fan, I've read all his books and last audible and this recent addition did not disappoint! As an Irish woman, it saddens me to know our history is steeped in such horrific abuse of the most venerable in our nation. Shane shines a bright light on this very problem. A nice history lesson "between the margins" to booth. Hurry up with the next book!