“To my immediate right something moved. I approached, squinting against the glare, my throat already burning with the heat of the smoke that had made it through the covering of my jacket. An old man, his nightshirt pulled over his mouth, lay against the wall of the second stall. His shirt was streaked with blackness, his back shuddering as he coughed onto the ground.”
Inspector Ben Devlin is called out to a fire in the middle of the night. Even though he risks his own life, the old man dies in hospital, and he does not succeed in saving a young man who was also present either.
Soon after a teenage boy disappears, and as his mother is Caroline Williams, Devlin´s former colleague, he is deeply involved in this case which may be related to first one.
Rumour has it that a paramilitary group, The Rising, is involved in a campaign against drug dealing in the local community, and for some time the story looks like an ordinary drug-dealer battle over turf, but of course McGilloway has several surprises up his sleave – for the reader, but also for Ben Devlin.
I enjoyed the story very much, for the fine plot but also for the main character and the special setting in the borderland area. Thank you to Maxine who sent her ARC on to me.
Read for the Ireland Reading Challenge # 6