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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (3 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230707696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230707696
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'An intriguing, inventive, crime story.' -- Eurocrime

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The second Inspector Devlin Mystery . . .

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: James Kerr returned to Lifford on a blustery morning in May, shuffling under the heavy clouds that scudded across the sky towards the North.

DI Benedict Devlin has a lot to deal with. He as been asked to keep an eye on recent parole James Kerr and encourage him to leave the area.. Kerr claims here's not there to commit crimes but first to talk to someone. But people Kerr knew start to die and Kerr, himself, if found murdered. Two girls have been drugged and beaten; and one died. Devlin want to find the killer before he strikes again.

How nice to read a police procedural where there is more than one case that needs to be solved. How nice, too, when the protagonist is a married man with children and without great angst or addictions, other than the stresses of the job. That doesn't mean he is perfect. In fact, McGilloway has made Devlin a classically flawed human.

The story is set in the Borderland of Ireland, where a concern is felons escaping either way over the border to the North or South. Again, it's a nice chance to have the story not set in a large city. The political aspects add to the veracity and interest to the story.

The plot is well done with lots of threads and relationships. The story was never predictable and I certainly never guessed the primary killer.

There were a couple little problems. McGilloway loves portents, which did make me crazy. I occasionally felt lost in the story and had some problems keeping the characters straight. .

One rather amusing thing was that my copy was clearly a first state, first printing. Each chapter heading is a date.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit on 1 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This novel is the second in a new series featuring Benedict ["Ben"] Devlin, an Inspector in the Guards, or An Garda, in Lifford, Donegal, Ireland. [The title derives from the name of the street along which, centuries ago, the condemned were led en route to their death.] As the book opens, Devlin meets with a man from the North country, James Kerr, just released after 8 years of incarceration, his mandate being to make sure Kerr crosses back over the border to his home territory, thereby ensuring no further criminal activity by him on Devlin's patch. But Kerr, it seems, has lately found God, and first needs to complete a 'mission' in keeping with that spiritual awakening.

A more challenging job soon awaits Devlin, as the body of a young girl is discovered, savagely beaten to death. When that murder is followed by the severe beating of another girl, this one only sixteen years old, the investigation intensifies. The only problem is that no one can come up with anything more than a vague description of the man responsible.

Complicating things somewhat is the fact that Devlin's boss, Supt. Olly ["Elvis"] Costello, is about to retire, and there is an impending promotion within the ranks. Devlin is urged to put his name up as an applicant, causing some political infighting among his colleagues.

Devlin is a man of principle, something that creates problems for him, as he soon has reason to question whether that same standard, and his "need to prove himself right, regardless of the cost," will bring lethal harm to him or his loved ones. He is a happily married man [when his devotion to his job and those aforementioned principles are not causing marital strife] with an infant son, a seven-year-old daughter, and a one-eared basset hound named Frank.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I haven't read the first McGilloway novel but certainly I didn't feel that I was missing some of the character connections in this second outing for Garda Inspector Devlin. He appears to be a mixture of Rebus and Joe Faraday as far as this reader is concerned.

The plot is suitably disguised and the killer not revealed until the end. The red herrings are such that there are few clues as to who is the killer, so no wonder Devlin discovers the correct result with some difficulty. It is good to see a man in his position suffering the inward angst of his job, not to mention quite a few physical attacks from foes and colleagues. I'm not quite sure about the character of Benedict Devlin. He appears and wishes to be seen to be honest and yet is happy to plant a piece of evidence to gain a result, wrongly, as it turns out. He's willing to lie to protect the promotion prospects of a colleague for all the wrong reasons and yet, this turns in his favour eventually. He seems to be looking for some female contact away from home and yet is desperate to keep his family on side.

Ah, well, such are the vagaries of fictional police folk. The story is well told. There is a good mixture of both criminals and police people most of whom have character defects in some way or another. There's also a good thread within the main storyline to show us that police work generally covers many on-going crimes and that the police are like the rest of us, under-staffed and underpaid for the hours worked. The picture of the two parts of Ireland are well portrayed and the characterization seems good, certainly good enough for me to want to read 'Bleed A River Deep' as soon as I can obtain a copy.
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