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Bleed a River Deep (Inspector Devlin Mystery 3) Hardcover – 3 Apr 2009

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; First Edition edition (3 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230701361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230701366
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,173,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Devlin books are set to become one of the great series in modern crime fiction.' -- John Connolly

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The extraordinary new novel in the Inspector Devlin series, from ‘a major force in Irish crime writing’ (John Connolly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A U.S diplomat is attacked, the murder of a illegal immigrant leading to people smuggling, and a gold mine with subsequent gold rush are all feathured in this 3rd outing for Inspector Devlin.
This series is set on the Irish Borders, and definitely someone I could see as a new 'Rebus'. McGilloway brings so many great characters to his stories, and there is enough tension and intrique to keep you reading to the end. The fact that Devlin is working in the borders means he cannot investigate over the borderline and this adds to the plot, and his married life and attitude is also well portrayed.
Whether your a Inspector Devlin fan or a complete virgin then I recommend everyone give Brian McGilloway a read.
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I'm probably a bit too late to usefully review this book, but it's the first I've read from Brian McGilloway and I'm quite impressed, so here goes.

This is the third novel featuring Inspector Benedict (Ben) Devlin, who works out of Lifford, County Donegal, in the Irish Republic, just across the River Liffey which divdes it from Strabane, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland. His boss, Superintendent Harry Patterson, is newly-promoted from uniform and has a history of friction with Ben. A gold mine has been established twenty miles or so to the East of Lifford, and preparations are in hand for the official opening, which is to be performed by Cathal Hagan, a US Senator of Republican sympathies and doubtful reputation. Devlin is responsible for the associated security operation. A body is found at the mine, but turns out to be an Iron Age 'bog body' of a young woman who was apparently sacrificed. This brings archaeologists hotfoot from Dublin, and the professor in charge turns ot to be a childhood neighbour and university drinking buddy of Devlin's. Meanwhile, a man shot during an unsuccessful bank raid in Lifford proves to be an illegal immigrant from Chechnya. Back at the mine, a shanty camp is growing on the banks of a nearby river after the discovery of a nugget in the riverbed triggers a mini gold rush.

All this takes place before the Celtic Tiger stumbled into recession; there is money to be made in not altogether scrupulous ways, and this provokes a crop of protests. The offices of Eligius, a US defence company located outside Omagh, are briefly occupied, and there seems to be a link with developments over the border in the Republic.
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This is the third in the series of novels by Brian McGilloway set on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. It is quite a fast moving tale weaving together the various strands including environmental vandalism, tax evasion, people smuggling and inevitably murder. I like the tension between Devlin and his newly promoted boss Patterson, although I would agree with other reviewers that perhaps Patterson is too unlikable to ring true. I think the complication s that arise due to the different agencies working either side of the border also give this series a spin that takes it out of the normal detective books.
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I've only discovered Brian McGilloway's Inspector Devlin series this summer. They are really good, not quite the complexity of Ian Rankin or darkness of Peter James, but they are an authentic, well written and consuming read. Helpful to read them in order - I'm a definite fan and look forward to more.
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Enjoyed less that the previous one of his I read, partly I think because there felt to be one plot strand too many and partly because, not for the first time, I feel that the character of Benedict Devlin needs to be more much more deeply explored. He seemed to feel too little about the death of a colleague, his killing of a suspect.
While the tying up of the ends was unsatisfactory - for Devlin - it was refreshing not to have everything tidy at the finish.
It also jarred to have him repeatedly refer to Natalia as a prostitute even though he knew it had not been by her own volition, but he never explained that.
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Third book in and Devlin is still a compelling character, his evolving relationships with work and family alike having real believability. And it's not just the imperfection of the relationships, it's the man's imperfection as an investigator - the mistakes he makes and questionable retaliations - that makes him so attractive. This book still has the complexity of the previous two, which keeps the pace lively, but where Gallows Lane became a little swamped towards the end with many players in a single game here a clear division between different crimes being examined simultaneously (though they are related) makes the threads easier to follow. It does mean that a little too much happens "off camera" as Devlin can't be everywhere at once, but on balance I'd rather the divisions were there. The writing is less lyrical than book one, but arguably that's how Devlin as the narrator becomes more real.

Strongly recommend these books.
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Downloaded my first book by this author a few weeks ago. I've downloaded and read everyone I could find by him after the first. Brilliant! Coming from Belfast I can relate to the towns, the police forces of both the North and South, the accents, uniforms etc so can put an excellent picture in my mind of the characters in the book. As for the lead in the novels ( Ben Devine) I feel like I know the man! There's got to be a Ben Devine out there along with his Police counterpart in the North Jim Hendry, an ex (doesn't say but he is!) RUC officer now working in the newly formed PSNI. How I'd love to have a pint with the pair of them. Each book leads to the next. Same people going thorough their lives, the traumas, ups and downs, promotions, and family problems. I can't say how much I enjoyed these books and how I felt a loss when I'd finished them. I'll sum it up by saying these Inspector Devlin Novels are simply the best crime novels I've ever read. Enjoyed every page and every character in them (some quite unsavory) and hope Benidict ( his full christian name)is standing at his kitchen door at this moment, smoking his cigarette, cup of coffee in hand, mulling over his case and scratching the dogs head, hoping he'll walk back in to the family hoping they'll forgive him (at least for the night) until the next time. Oh I loved these novels, and I'm standing in the workshop at this moment ( I know, I know I'll get back to work in a mo!) grinning thinking about him and the rest of them :). .
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