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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023070137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230701373
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`The Rising continues Brian McGilloway's excellent run of novels featuring Benjamin Devlin, the Irish Garda inspector...Devlin bucks the crime-fiction trend by being just a good ordinary cop, a sympathetic family man without too many hang-ups or foibles. The novel is no worse off for that.'
--The Times

'Sure to cement McGilloway's reputation in the annals of crime writing.' --CrimeSquad

'McGilloway affirms his status as one of the most exciting crime writers around.'
--Sunday Tribune

`Finding his stride, Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin run up against a ruthless land of former paramilitaries turned vigilantes calling themselves The Rising. But then one too many drug dealers are put out of action and a crisis hits Devlin's personal life.' --Daily Mirror

'Brian McGilloway is on top form with his fourth Benedict Devlin novel, THE RISING...The classic police procedural - with a believable and satisfyingly convoluted plot that will demand your full attention, with clues and misdirection aplenty.' --Eurocrime

`A relief to come upon a police thriller which is told in a bare yet skilful way...Garda investigation and forensics techniques are well researched and written, but not bludgeoned home...McGilloway has a healthy respect for his readers' intelligence.'
--Book of the Week, Irish Times

'This book should carry a health warning for insomniacs -- once taken up, it is impossible to put down. The reader certainly will not fall asleep as the cunningly constructed narrative belts along.' --Irish Independent

'McGilloway improves with every novel, and the latest Inspector Devlin - Morse without the affectations, basically - is fast becoming an annual must-read.' --Sunday Independent

'Brian McGilloway is putting together an excellent series of crime novels that are the equal of anything out there in Britain and Ireland at present. This is an excellent addition, a tense and emotional story that boils gently towards a climax that matches the sophistication of the plot and McGilloway's unusually considered approach.'

'I really loved the plotting in this novel - confident, convoluted and challenging. Brian McGilloway is great at keeping so many balls in the air that even an experienced crime-fiction reader such as me had plenty of surprises in store.'

'The Rising is well-written novel with a solid plot, shot through with a complex web of interpersonal conflicts, political tensions and moral compromises.'

'McGilloway's most accomplished, most gripping, and most sophisticated novel yet.' --Tangled Web

'The fourth in McGilloway's superlative series sees Devlin face his biggest conflict yet between job, loyalty, family and vendetta.' --Take a Break's Fiction Feast

'The Rising is a book for fans of all varieties of crime fiction: it blurs boundaries between genres as much as between countries and jurisdictions and cultures. The ambiguities that remain at the end are simply a reflection of McGilloway's overall attention to the daily realities (both dramatic and undramatic) that we will recognize as much from our own lives as from the crime columns of the daily paper.' --internationalnoir --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin is summoned to a burning barn, he finds inside the charred remains of a man who is quickly identified as a local drug dealer, Martin Kielty. It soon becomes clear that Kielty’s death was no accident, and suspicion falls on a local vigilante group. Former paramilitaries, the men call themselves The Rising. Meanwhile, a former colleague’s teenage son has gone missing during a seaside camping trip. Devlin is relieved when the boy’s mother, Caroline Williams, receives a text message from her son’s phone, and so when a body is reported, washed up on a nearby beach, the inspector is baffled. When another drug dealer is killed, Devlin realises that the spate of deaths is more complex than mere vigilantism. But just as it seems he is close to understanding the case, a personal crisis will strike at the heart of Ben’s own family, and he will be forced to confront the compromises his career has forced upon him. With his fourth novel, McGilloway announces himself as one of the most exciting crime novelists around: gripping, heartbreaking and always surprising, The Rising is a tour de force – McGilloway’s most personal novel so far.

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The Rising is a very good police procedural set in rural Ireland; specifically the north-west of the Republic on the border with the North. Location is vital as the influence of the Troubles hangs heavy over this story. Are paramilitaries behind the vigilante group; or the "community activism"? What are their motives? Have they really reformed or are they simply driving out the opposition so that they have the drugs business to themselves?

This is the morass that a fairly ordinary man, Inspector Benedict Devlin has to deal with. He investigates the death of a local drug dealer which might be linked to the vigilantes. The attraction of Devlin is that he is so ordinary. He is not the maverick loaner, nor is there for him the drink or drugs problem or womanising. Instead he faces problems with his children and feels guilty about not valuing his wife enough and his work gets in the way of his personal life.

There is a very good yarn here. There are twists and turns aplenty, but they are all believable. More to the point, the detection done by Devlin is clever and astute without him becoming some kind of super hero. The feel of the narrative and characterisation is similar to Peter Robinson's "Banks" series, although it has to be conceded that Brian McGilloway is not quite in that class.

The Rising is an accomplished story with a very good central character and good supporting cast which will be enjoyed by any fan of good police procedurals.
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I'd not heard of this detective before, nor the author, so I decided to order this from Amazon Vine to sample something new. I was not disappointed.
This is the fourth book in the Inspector Devlin series, but having not read the previous three did not hinder my enjoyment of this novel: it's a superb stand-alone story.
It involves Garda Detective Benedict Devlin being called out to a burning barn, inside of which a body of a local drug dealer is discovered. However, the death is found to be non-accidental, & thus the mystery begins. As it unfolds, we have a disappearance of a teenage boy, son of Caroline, an ex-colleague of Devlin's, whose body then washes up on a beach; a second murder of another drug dealer; and the involvement of a group of ex-paramilitaries who call themselves The Rising, upon whom suspicion falls for the deaths of the drug dealers.
The story is greatly enhanced & fleshed-out by informing the reader of Devlin's relationship with his wife & their children, especially daughter Penny. Devlin is a very human detective, & I particularly enjoyed his battle to come to terms with his little girl becoming a young woman: over-protective, struggling to communicate with her on the same level, making bad decisions but learning from them. The rather rocky relationship with wife Debbie held my attention also, the latter proving to be a strong, fair character who is the cement that keeps the family unit bonded.
It's a very well written book, using straight-forward, everyday language. The story is involving & has twists & turns aplenty to keep you guessing & wanting to turn the next page over. I enjoyed it so much that I now intend ordering the first three Devlin books, especially wanting to discover what history Devlin & Caroline have!
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By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2010
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I have only just recently started getting more into `detective' stories, as I have never been a big fan of them. However tastes change with time, and I am glad mine has, as I have now found Brian McGilloway's creation of Inspector Devlin.

This reminds me very much of the Graham Hurley novels, and that they obviously have recurring themes, characters and places within them, set in around the Garda in Ireland, very near the border if the North. This I found having picked the series up in book 4, but it does not detract from the story.

Inspector Devlin is called out to a burning barn, where the subsequent discovery of a dead body turns out to be a drug dealer. Devlin now becomes involved the drug problems of the area, and has to also confront others who are dealing with the drug problems in local communities - the so called 'The Rising'. More bodies connected with the world of drugs are discovered, and Devlin realises that there is more to the whole problem of the first body discovered in the barn, and that perhaps some people closer to home are involved. However the truth is not always the right answer.

Devlin has a family, a wife and two children, and as readers we see him try and juggle this with his detective work, and the pain it causes when his daughter shows she is growing up and wants to go her own way. This leads to pain for the family, and at times I felt like shaking Devlin and telling him to concentrate on his family which seems to be slowly falling apart.

The story is a believable one, and there is nothing in it that I found stretched the events of real life anyway. The whole story and plot is kept very real and very in the 'here and now'.
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By Big Bertha TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 April 2010
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Burning barns, dead bodies, drug dealers and a vigilante group of ex-paramilitaries calling themselves 'The Rising' make this, the fourth in the Garda Inspector Devlin series of novels a well written and compelling read. As the investigation unfolds there are enough twists to keep it interesting and the plot moving along at a good pace. A secondary storyline where a former colleague of Devlin's asks for his assistance when her son goes missing had me wanting to read the previous books to find out more about their past relationship

What I really liked about this book was that it had a realism about it. Devlin's not an 'all-action hero', he's an overworked family man who has problems the same as the rest of us. His relationship with his teenage daughter is strained and this in turn has him and his wife Debbie at loggerheads - all very real, believable and makes Devlin a great character.

This is the first I've read of Brian McGilloway's Devlin series, though I must admit to having been tempted with them in the past whilst browsing and the first in the series Borderlands has been on my wishlist for a while. I had no problems reading it as a standalone even if I do now want to go back and read the previous ones. A definite recommendation for crime/mystery lovers.
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