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Borderlands (Inspector Devlin Mystery 1) [Hardcover]

Brian McGilloway
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6 April 2007 Inspector Devlin Mystery 1

'Brian McGilloway's command of plot and assurance of language make it difficult to believe that Borderlands is his debut.' - The Times

'A mystery of labyrinthine complexity' - Sunday Telegraph

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.

Then another teenager is murdered, and things become further complicated when Devlin unearths a link between the recent killings and the disappearance of a prostitute twenty-five years earlier – a case in which he believes 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 lyrical debut crime novel, Borderlands marks the beginning of a compelling new series featuring Inspector Benedict Devlin.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan New Writing (6 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230020062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230020061
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. After studying English at Queen's University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb's College in Derry, where he was Head of English.

His first novel, Borderlands, published by Macmillan New Writing, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2007 and was hailed by The Times as 'one of (2007's) most impressive debuts.' The second novel in the series, Gallows Lane, was shortlisted for the 2009 Irish Book Awards/Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year. The third Devlin, Bleed a River Deep, was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 2010. The first DS Lucy Black novel, Little Girl Lost, became an Amazon Kindle No 1 Bestseller in 2013. The follow-up novel featuring Lucy Black, Hurt, is published in November 2013.

Brian lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife and their four children.


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"Brian McGilloway's command of plot and assurance of language make it difficult to believe that Borderlands is his debut" -- Marcel Berlins, The Times, March 31, 2007

'A mesmerising story...McGilloway captures the landscape and the
voices of the region very well and writes fluently and poetically.' -- Cath Staincliffe, Tangled Web, March 2007

'A promising start...It will be well worth keeping an eye out for
the next Devlin case.' -- Paul Allen, Coventry Telegraph, March 10, 2007

'Gripping...This is an excellent start to what might be an
entertaining series.'
-- Michael Allen, Grumpy Old Bookman, March 12, 2007

'McGilloway has written a taut, well paced story with strong characters and an ingenious plot that seizes the reader's attention.'
-- Irish Independent

'The author barely puts a foot wrong in this confident book...An
excellent and well-written book.' -- Maxine Clarke, Eurocrime, April 2007

'The writing is excellent and the suspense of the plot is
maintained to the end...A stunning debut.'
-- It's a crime, April 6, 2007

'There's a nice style to McGilloway's first-person narrative and
Devlin comes over as a flawed but likeable character.' -- Paul Allen, Nuneaton Telegraph, March 10, 2007

'This is an impressive debut...And I hope that the second
[Inspector Devlin mystery] follows soon.'
-- Bridget Bolton, reviewingtheevidence.com, February 2007

'a highly tense, taut debut novel... BORDERLANDS is an excellent
book that needs to be read.'
-- Ayo Onatade

About the Author

Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974, and teaches English at St Columb’s College, Derry. Previously he has written plays and short stories. He lives near the Borderlands, with his wife and their two sons.

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100 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly plotted thriller with heart of a poet 16 April 2007
Format:Hardcover
Ben Devlin is a unique copper in the ranks of murder mystery writing; with a (mostly) happy family life and an easy familiarity with his small community which never borders on the arch, he still evidences the kind of common sense thinking and popular misconceptions about the modern world that make him instantly relatable and much more than just a device for the author's omniscience. He's incredibly likeable, but has enough of the poet about him that he remains compelling enough to follow, in this short debut novel from McGilloway. The plot is tightly structured and meticulously paced for the most part; the first two thirds of the book follow an almost linear and procedural progression which keeps the seasoned reader happily immersed in their own suspicions. If the book has a flaw it is in the final pages, where possibly too many twists in too short a time stretch the believability slightly. Still, I didn't see the end coming. A wonderful subplot with the family dog provides an elegant allegory for the larger issues in the book and shows just how sophisticated a writer McGillway is and how good this ongoing series should prove to be (He's written the second and been signed upfor three more after that). Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian McGilloway. Borderlands 7 April 2013
By Annelou
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Brian McGilloway. Having read two of this authors books I cannot wait to start the next one. His books are so full of intrigue and detail. I find D I Devlin a fascinating character and am looking forward to reading Borderlands (Inspector Devlin mystery 2 5 stars
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Borderlands - Brian McGilloway 3 Jan 2009
By S. Lloyd VINE VOICE
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Waiting for new releases from the regular crime writers that I read, I came across "Borderlands" and bought it on the strength of the reviews.

I was not disappointed and will be reading the 2nd in the series before the 3rd is released in April!

The plot moves along at a strong pace, with enough clues being teased out to ensure interest is maintained with surprises towards the end. I agree that at the end of the novel a number of twists and turns come tumbling out too quickly that damages the former credibility. However the realisic sense of police work and detection throughout the novel easily lets you forgive this.

Benedict Devlin is a great character - essentially a moral and good man - he has human failings where his own emotions and temptations side track him. McGilloway put across an honesty to Devlin's character which brings his character alive.

I did have to check the setting on a map but that is due to my own lack of geographical knowledge and not the fault of the author. The setting is strongly portrayed and convincing. At times the writing is powerful and poetic, ie. "the sky is bruised purple and yellow in the dying sun" as a young girl is found dead with bruising on her chest.

I'm glad that I have found this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confident debut crime novel with unusual setting 28 Feb 2011
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Small but perfectly formed, this little gem of a book is the debut of Brian McGilloway, an author I am sure is set for great success. The Borderlands are the area between Northern Ireland and Eire. As the book opens, the body of a teenage girl has been found in this modern no-man's land, and two police detectives from either side of the border must decide who is to take the case.
Because the girl turns out to live in Lifford, Inspector Ben Devlin of the Garda is the winner of this grim award, with his opposite number from the north, Jim Hendry, the loser. What follows over the next couple of hundred pages of this slight but telling book is a focused police procedural set during the next few days of Christmas and the New Year: an investigation hampered by weather, holidays and the need for co-ordination between the Northern and Southern administrations as witnesses, suspects and evidence turn up in the towns, hamlets and countryside on either side of the twisting border.
McGilloway weaves together a complex set of characters and motives, his canvas expanding as another victim is found, as drugs seem to be involved, as Devlin's own superior and colleagues come under suspicion, and as his own slightly tense domestic life is destabilised by an aggressive neighbour and by an old flame. Although Devlin strays from the straight and narrow both in running the investigation and in his marriage, he is essentially a good man whose innate honesty and doggedness take him further and further into an increasingly tangled web.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well done! 27 Mar 2013
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Good introduction to irish borderland life and the irish political problems faced in days gone by! I just loved to read the Inspector Devlin mystery series. He is such a jerk sometimes and soo into his job, you want to hit him not standign up for his family. on the other hand he is a good policeman doing a great job were all the other dumbheads around him don't see the wood for the trees. the last reminds me soo much of my real life in Oxford on my day to day experience!!!! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Borderlands 23 Mar 2013
By Jenny
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This the second book I have read by Brian McGilloway.
It will not be the last as the stories of Inspector Devlin are becoming really worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant
This is the fourth book that I have read from this author. His first I believe. It does not disappoint with a brilliant mix of threads to the story and a good developing human... Read more
Published 3 days ago by TVR-Andy
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I never normally write reviews but felt I owed this book one. I've never been a fan of murder mysteries but when I came across this and realised it was by a fellow Northern... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Pauline McNally
4.0 out of 5 stars New McGilloway fan
Being from Northern Ireland myself, it's brilliant to see Ireland being used as a setting for such great crime writing as McGilloway so expertly displays. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joanne Schofield
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Enough
I liked the writing and the characters, and the insight into things Irish. The plot thickened nicely and all was revealed, but just a bit after I had already deduced most of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BarbaraM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Enjoyed the plot
The author was recommended. The plot well thought out. Could feel some dilemma described in the text. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Very hard book to put down and was interesting all the way through. Other books by Brian McGilloway also purchased and very readable
Published 3 months ago by Jane Ellams
5.0 out of 5 stars Borderlands
Just brilliant. Looking forward to the rest of Devlin's cases. Would thoroughly recommend anyone to give it a try andmeet Devlin for yourself.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars borderlands
excellent book it as everything you want in a book, action packed from beginning to end would recommend this to everyone
Published 3 months ago by edith avison
5.0 out of 5 stars Love all,his books
Very enjoyable read. I have now read all his detective mysteries and would recommend it to anyone who likes a who done it.
Published 3 months ago by Jayne Gautrey
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