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Borderlands (Inspector Devlin Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brian McGilloway
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

'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

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    'A very assured debut' -- Do You Write Under Your Own Name?

    'McGilloway's debut is marked by exceptionally mature prose and a hero as charismatically volcanic in his own way.' -- Kirkus

    'This is a disturbing but strangely compelling read. . . I thoroughly enjoyed Borderlands.'
    -- Reading Matters

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    'a highly tense, taut debut novel... BORDERLANDS is an excellent
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    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 713 KB
    • Print Length: 324 pages
    • Publisher: Pan (18 Sept. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003GK21VM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,654 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    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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    101 of 110 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tightly plotted thriller with heart of a poet 16 April 2007
    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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    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
    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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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brian McGilloway. Borderlands 7 April 2013
    By Annelou
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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 Suzan VINE VOICE
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    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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    2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, more a game plan than a novel 14 Feb. 2015
    By Sandy
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    I was very disappointed with this book. The plot was excellent and fast paced, but there were so many twists and turns it became confusing, possibly because many of the characters were insufficiently described and it was hard to get a picture of them. Physical characteristics are not enough. I found it hard to empathize with the main character. Devlin was written in the first person, presumably to allow access to his thinking process. A first person viewpoint should give a clear understanding of the character's motives and behaviour as the story unfolds. However in this case the viewpoint was something of a stumbling block. Other characters could only report back, so information came at second hand without any exciting details. Devlin did not live up to expectations although some effort was made to make him human, with human foibles, but somehow it seemed forced, a sort of add in. He did not seem intelligent enough for the role. He came across as inefficient, possibly corrupt and with a taste for violence. Not great qualities, I could not like him, or care what happened to him.
    The beginning was excellent, but the rest of the book, despite its complexity, became dull and exasperating. There appeared to be a certain lack of logic and clear thinking throughout. For example why did he decide to shoot Frank (his dog) - surely a humane person would have taken him to a rescue centre to be homed in a city if he was a sheep killer. The effect on his daughter, who he claimed to love, would have been devastating. This was one inconsistency too many. He seemed unreal as did the work of the Guarda. Police procedurals should have some procedure surely. This was shambolic.
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