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5.0 out of 5 stars Hurt - Young People, often too vulnerable ...
... because of their more than rotten family structures are easily overcome by persons they normally trust.

Brian McGilloway is widely known for his Irish Borderlands thrillers featuring Inspector Devlin.
In his book Little Girl Lost he introduced to his readers DS Lucy Black, who is working at the Public Protection Unit and with that he had written an...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good paced
Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is our main character, a young girls body is found on railway tracks and Lucy must identify it. Lucy is haunted from a past case and won't let this one go. When another body turns up Lucy knows she is on the right track and like a dog with a bone she won't let it go.

This story covers some dark areas, murder, paedophilia, vengeance...
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurt - Young People, often too vulnerable ..., 16 Nov 2013
... because of their more than rotten family structures are easily overcome by persons they normally trust.

Brian McGilloway is widely known for his Irish Borderlands thrillers featuring Inspector Devlin.
In his book Little Girl Lost he introduced to his readers DS Lucy Black, who is working at the Public Protection Unit and with that he had written an other real bestseller.
Now DS Lucy Black returns in "Hurt", an entangled thriller that shows once more how the young and vulnerable can fall prey to those they should normally trust blindly. Everything is about the abuse of power.

A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on a train line one freezing December night in Derry. Only because the theft of copper cables the incoming train couldn't run over her and so a murder is discovered which had to seem a suicide of a desperate teenager. Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is called to identify the body of the murdered girl as Karen Hughes. As Lucy delves deeper in to the case, she discovers that Karen has been living in residential care as the child of an alcoholic mother and a father behind bars. The only clue as to the girl's movements are her - brand new - mobile phone and various social media sites - where her 'friends' are not all friendly - quite the opposite!

Lucy is no stranger to death: She wanted to save a mother and her two children, when the estranged father set their house on fire - but she was only able to save wee Joe, now adopted by a couple who obviously love him. But Lucy can't let go - she is still searching for the monster who burned his house and his family...
And now, with a new boss surveiling every move of her - having also a very good motive for that, she is under a pressure that has to find a valve sooner or later.

So she looks in places she better shouldn't, moves relationships built over decades - also between the police and the local thugs...
And the only one who is always ready to help her, also if it would cost his life, pays dearly for his commitment.

This is a thriller - OK.
But also an intense study of family relations - Lucy's and a whole lot of others in Northern Ireland after The Troubles.
Who doesn't want to intrude or delve deep into Northern Irish culture, maybe will have some difficulties with this very well constructed crime novel.
The Northern Irish society is not an easy topic to understand for strangers...
For me personally - it was a plain five-stars!
I am looking forward to Brian McGilloway's next book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another McGilloway winner, 25 Nov 2013
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Almost unputdownable, really enjoyable read.

Interesting and entertaining, leaves you wondering to the end, another winner from the Brian McGilloway stable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black is back!, 23 Nov 2013
You'll not be surprised to see me writing about Brian McGilloway's new book, as I'm a real fan both of Emerald Noir generally and McGilloway in particular. Hurt is the second Lucy Black novel, which starts with the discovery of a young girl's body on a railway line. A murder set up to look like suicide. Black finds the girl, Karen Hughes, has a troubled past - with a father in prison and an alcoholic mother it's not surprising the girl was in care. However, it soon becomes clear that Karen had a hidden life and "friends" that work hard to remain hidden. Black has a lot to contend with besides the case- a drunken colleague, office politics, an unresolved personal relationship, her father in the background and her mother the ACC who appears when Lucy doesn't really want her to. All these combine to make this is a dark story, which conveys an honest picture of life in Northern Ireland and how its "troubled past" still determines much of present day life
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner, could not put it down, 20 Nov 2013
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This is the second of Brian McGilloway's DS Lucy Black novels. A few years since the last was released, however I only found this author earlier in the year. After reading the last book I immediately preordered this one. I am so glad I did. It's so realistic that you can feel it happening around you. The description and realism of the story making me get angry at the characters who can be so evil. I did manage to guess one of the "baddies " on first introduction but it did keep me griped until the end managing to read the book in only 3 sittings. I hope it's not another 2 years before we are once again introduced to DS Black. Well done Brian keep up the good work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good paced, 21 Nov 2013
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Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is our main character, a young girls body is found on railway tracks and Lucy must identify it. Lucy is haunted from a past case and won't let this one go. When another body turns up Lucy knows she is on the right track and like a dog with a bone she won't let it go.

This story covers some dark areas, murder, paedophilia, vengeance and some built up rage. Lucy seems to be the kind of cop who acts like you, the reader, would want to act. Punish the bad guy, ignore the strict rules of the law, do what it takes to punish the bad guys. Her actions as a police officer as questionable to say the least however I imagine most readers will be rooting for her.

I have never read this author before and to be honest I think if I knew more of the back story I would have enjoyed it much better. It is clear she has major issues with her mother, who is also the assistant chief constable. There are some clues as the why she behaves like the bad behaved teenager in almost every interaction with her mother but in the place of work I felt this should have been reprimanded. Maybe knowing more of the back story it is understandable but for me it did annoy me at times as she is an officer and this is her boss.

There is a fair amount of action within the book and the story, whilst dark doesn't go into too many horrific details although there is enough for you to know exactly what is going on. This was a good introduction to a new author, to me, and I think I would pursue more of his work but maybe start from the beginning and work my way through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable, 1 Feb 2014
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it was very true to the area and was very good once I started reading I had to continue until I reached the end. I have already passed the book on to someone else
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 30 Jan 2014
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I usually read Karen Rose, Patricia Cornwell ect. I got this on offer and am glad i did,
Gripping interesting story. lots of characters with always something happening.
Havent quite finished it yet but definatly 5 stars. will buy his books again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 28 Jan 2014
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Like the first Lucy Black book, fast paced and a well woven plot. I chose these books, having read the first Inspector Devlin story and enjoyed both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read - gripping, 3 Feb 2014
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New author for me - glad I find him. I am always looking for good crime/mystery stories and this was one of those.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurt - brian mcgilloway, 29 Jan 2014
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Absolutely brilliant loved it so much got 5 other titles from this aiuthor, also recommended to my friend who is also an abis kindle reader and she got the books too.
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