I regret not having read the first book in this series, 'The Priest', not because you miss much in this second novel but simply because this one is so good, 'The Priest' must be worth a read even though we will go back in time.
The two main characters are an unlikely duo, bound together by what happened in the earlier book and yet, torn apart for the same reason.
Siobhan Fallon is your terrier news journalist who opens the account by looking into the disappearence of a young lady accountant, whilst DI Mike Mulcahy has been after a high-level drug gang whose boat they seized off the coast of Ireland.
That the two stories come together is very well captured by the author as is the gradual meeting up of the two principal players. Inevitably, there are deaths involved, mainly at the end of a shotgun and a Colombian-based hitman is in the frame for all of them.
Thankfully, the author has a trick or two up his sleeve. The search for the killer, the drugs, the girl all move on a pace, leaving the reader well gripped by the turn of events.
This is one of the few books I've read lately where the police department seems pretty real-life, without the usual antagonism between the various levels of seniority. Also, too, is the way the journalist goes about her work; perhaps a little far-fetched at times but, even so, this loses nothing as the finale looms up, leaving both players out on a limb.
I like these two. There is credibility and deep emotion, covered by a necessary thick skin so, as I stated above, I'm off to search out a copy of 'The Priest' whilst I await book three, presumably next year? Please, Mr O'Donovan!