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REALISTIC POLICE THRILLER.....,
This review is from: The Rising (Hardcover)
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Perhaps "thriller" is not the correct description of a novel like this. Inspector Ben Devlin of the Irish An Garda is the hero in this realistic police story. Devlin is a dedicated officer but at the same time his family suffers from his frequent absence from normal family life. He has a struggle to accept that his teenage daughter is growing up and his distance from his family causes rifts when he tries to lay down the law. It meets with coldness and resentment from his wife. An old collegue reappears in his life when her young son dies under mysterious circumstances fuelled by drugs and alcohol. I have not read any of the other books in the series but got the impression that he had a soft spot for her. Nevertheless, Devlin is not your run of the mill fictional detective. He is not a hard-drinking, foul mouthed womaniser. He is a human character. All the characters in the story are realistic with good points and bad.
Without going into the plot, Devlin is working on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic in an area still reeling from the troubles of the past. He has become involved with a supposedly anti-drug organisation called the Rising. But are they all they seem to be? Run by criminals with attrocious records, it seems that they are out to control the drug business themselves when local small-time dealers are found murdered.
It is an easy to read, enjoyable book, which does not sweep the reader off his or her feet with impossible scenarios. It is easily the most realistic police detective story I have ever read.
I enjoyed it and I might well consider having another look at what Brian McGilloway has to offer.