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on 30 July 2013
I grew up in Belfast in the 70's and 80's and McKinty has captured the very strange atmosphere that existed at the time - it is good to be reminded just how extraordinary that time was, and a recent visit to Northern Ireland showed me that the tensions are still there. The political situation is central to this book, as Sean Duffy, the protagonist, is a catholic in the RUC, but McKinty has written an excellent detective novel with the troubles as its backdrop, not a history book. I won't summarize the plot, as one of the pleasures is the way that Duffy goes from investigating the discovery of a corpse in a suitcase to uncover a much bigger crime (and John De Lorean gets a walk-on part). This is the second Sean Duffy novel I've read, and I'll be coming back for more.
Final comment - my copy had bee very badly proof-read with a number of typos (UDr for UDR) which was annoying - particularly as the prose is quite poetic at times, and you want to be sure that a surprising choice of word is just that, not a mistake.