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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Ireland (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848270917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848270916
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,778,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Niamh O'Connor is one of Ireland's best known crime authors. She is a crime reporter with the Sunday World, Ireland's biggest selling Sunday newspaper, for whom she has written five true crime books which were given away with the newspaper. Her job, in which she interviews both high profile criminals and their victims means she knows the world she is writing about.

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"This is a formidable debut... gritty, downbeat and realistic. Highly recommended," (Independent, Ireland)

"A gripping, terrifying, memorable read. Jo Birmingham is my sort of heroine." (TESS GERRITSEN)

"This gritty, compulsive tale of Dublin's mean streets reeks of authenticity. DI Jo Birmingham is a terrific character: gutsy and stylish, with a tough mind and a heart of gold. A real page-turner." (Declan Hughes, author)

"Authentic ... very assured ... stands up in a very competitive market" (RTE Radio, Arena)

"Niamh O'Connor invests her pacy police procedural with gritty detail" (Irish Times)

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In the bestselling tradition of Martina Cole, a gritty first novel set in Dublin's mean streets. The first in a series featuring Dublin-based Detective Jo Birmingham.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nettie Thomson on 27 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
We've all heard the old adage that we `shouldn't judge a book by its cover' and in the case of If I Never See You Again by Irish writer Niamh O'Connor, this couldn't be more true.
The cover doesn't do justice to the intelligence and plotting of the novel. It looks amateurish and doesn't reflect the book's content at all. If it wasn't for me getting the book for free as part of the Transworld Crime Caper project, I'd never have picked it up.
And that would have been a real shame.
Jo Birmingham is a recently promoted detective in Dublin, a single mother - her husband (and boss) recently left her for his secretary - she has to fight hard to be taken seriously in her male-dominated workplace. I really liked this character. I empathised with her situation and was rooting for her throughout the novel.
I found the plot a little confusing. Granted, I read this book while going through a fibro flare-up and may not have been as on the button as I'd like to be, but I never quite understood how Jo made the connection between the manner of the victims' death and the religious element of the story. I felt this could have been exploited more. I also thought that when he was identified, the religious connection to the killer was a little tenuous. Personally, I'd have liked the book to be a little darker in tone - the religious nutter theme lent itself to this and it would have made the story a bit stronger.
My last niggle with the book is the title. I have no idea what the relevance of If I Never See You Again has to the story. Ms. O'Connor might as well have called it `Alan'. Or perhaps I'm just being dense about it.
The big question is would I read another of Niamh O'Connor's books? I have to say, yes. As I said before, I cared about what happened to Jo Birmingham and would gladly spend a few more hours in her company. All in all, a recommended read to crime fiction fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2011
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Well, I have to be honest and say I was really surprised. This book was recommended to me via Facebook from somebody who was currently reading this book. I fancied somebody new and realised that it has only taken me a few days to finish this and throughly enjoyed it.

I loved the setting in Ireland as it seems lately a lot of crime books I have been reading have been set in London. Niamh's writing is pretty good too. It's an easy to read style, nothing too taxing and complicated but enough to draw interest (nothing worse that reading a book and feeling like you are taking a course in forensic pyschology!). Jo Birmingham is a good lead character and her situation is one that is not uncommon, in books or in the real world. A typical working mother that has to try and balance work and home. What I really liked about Jo was that she wasn't made as perfect as other characters I have read in the past. Typical lead women do NOT have to be perfect and sometimes (like in the case of this book) it's nice to see them make mistakes and doubt themselves.

I also loved the other characters that make appearances throughout the story, namely her ex-husband Dan and her colleagues John Foxe (known and Foxy in the book. What a great nickname!) and Gavin Sexton. The story itself is built up in layers which made it more interesting to read, we weren't thrown out of the frying pan and in to the fat. The story is built up as we learn more about each person and the role they play following the discovery of the first body.

From the perspective of the crimes themselves, this was the area I felt it lacked a little something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 July 2012
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The only thing which prevents me from giving this five stars is that I don't actually like reading about religious nut serial killers. Ireland hasn't had any that we're aware of and it seems to be the fashion now for every crime author to write a serial killer book.
Focus on the Garda Detective instead then. Jo Birmingham is a single mother who works out of the busiest station in Ireland, Store Street in Dublin 1. Unfortunately this had the added effect of shrinking the location of the crimes to a tiny area of the capital in order to keep them within the one officer's bailiwick - I can't believe a serial killer would be that thoughtful to his investigators. The city is well peppered with stations and spreading his crimes around a bit would have added to the confusion.

That apart, we have a small girl who has blanked out her trauma and turned mute; an ex-husband who is Jo's boss (would the guards let that happen?); a murdered prostitute who had overcome leukaemia only to fall prey to heroin; a pesky reporter and several cranky or co-operative detectives. A good cast list is half the story.

Jo is constantly trying to prove herself - maybe a little too much. She makes stupid calls to civil servants and pre-empts announcements to the media in an attempt to get better representation for victims of crime. Isn't this timewasting and a misuse of official resources? Would Jo's cause not be better served by doing the job she is paid to do? I thought that here the author might be blurring the line between her journalism career and that of the guard, who would surely be blowing any chance of promotion with her hassling of senior civil servants.

It's an involving and fast-paced tale and anyone who is keen on reading about serial killers will enjoy it more than I did. I'll be looking out for Niamh O'Connor's next.
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