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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Devlin novel., 6 April 2010
This review is from: The Rising (Hardcover)
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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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