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Borderlands (Inspector Devlin Mystery Series Book 1) by [McGilloway, Brian]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews

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'A very assured debut' -- Do You Write Under Your Own Name?

'McGilloway's debut is marked by exceptionally mature prose and a hero as charismatically volcanic in his own way.' -- Kirkus

'This is a disturbing but strangely compelling read. . . I thoroughly enjoyed Borderlands.'
-- Reading Matters

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'a highly tense, taut debut novel... BORDERLANDS is an excellent
book that needs to be read.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK21VM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Ben Devlin is a unique copper in the ranks of murder mystery writing; with a (mostly) happy family life and an easy familiarity with his small community which never borders on the arch, he still evidences the kind of common sense thinking and popular misconceptions about the modern world that make him instantly relatable and much more than just a device for the author's omniscience. He's incredibly likeable, but has enough of the poet about him that he remains compelling enough to follow, in this short debut novel from McGilloway. The plot is tightly structured and meticulously paced for the most part; the first two thirds of the book follow an almost linear and procedural progression which keeps the seasoned reader happily immersed in their own suspicions. If the book has a flaw it is in the final pages, where possibly too many twists in too short a time stretch the believability slightly. Still, I didn't see the end coming. A wonderful subplot with the family dog provides an elegant allegory for the larger issues in the book and shows just how sophisticated a writer McGillway is and how good this ongoing series should prove to be (He's written the second and been signed upfor three more after that). Highly recommended.
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Waiting for new releases from the regular crime writers that I read, I came across "Borderlands" and bought it on the strength of the reviews.

I was not disappointed and will be reading the 2nd in the series before the 3rd is released in April!

The plot moves along at a strong pace, with enough clues being teased out to ensure interest is maintained with surprises towards the end. I agree that at the end of the novel a number of twists and turns come tumbling out too quickly that damages the former credibility. However the realisic sense of police work and detection throughout the novel easily lets you forgive this.

Benedict Devlin is a great character - essentially a moral and good man - he has human failings where his own emotions and temptations side track him. McGilloway put across an honesty to Devlin's character which brings his character alive.

I did have to check the setting on a map but that is due to my own lack of geographical knowledge and not the fault of the author. The setting is strongly portrayed and convincing. At times the writing is powerful and poetic, ie. "the sky is bruised purple and yellow in the dying sun" as a young girl is found dead with bruising on her chest.

I'm glad that I have found this author.
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Brian McGilloway. Having read two of this authors books I cannot wait to start the next one. His books are so full of intrigue and detail. I find D I Devlin a fascinating character and am looking forward to reading Borderlands (Inspector Devlin mystery 2 5 stars
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Good introduction to irish borderland life and the irish political problems faced in days gone by! I just loved to read the Inspector Devlin mystery series. He is such a jerk sometimes and soo into his job, you want to hit him not standign up for his family. on the other hand he is a good policeman doing a great job were all the other dumbheads around him don't see the wood for the trees. the last reminds me soo much of my real life in Oxford on my day to day experience!!!! :)
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Absolutely excellent, with that extra savour of serendipity! I knew nothing about this novel and picked it up entirely by chance.
Set in the grey area along the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, this novel starts with the seemingly inexplicable murder of Angela Cashell, eldest daughter of a local low-life. As the police of both jurisdictions work together to try to unravel the mystery another youngster is murdered, again without apparent motive.
Inspector Benedict Devlin, of the Garda, leads the investigation, coming up against a local traveller community as well as the shadows cast by "The Troubles" by which this area had been so dreadfully disfigured.
The novel is written with a great lucidity, and while there are numerous twists and complications, the plot is always utterly plausible.
Definitely a great find!
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I was very disappointed with this book. The plot was excellent and fast paced, but there were so many twists and turns it became confusing, possibly because many of the characters were insufficiently described and it was hard to get a picture of them. Physical characteristics are not enough. I found it hard to empathize with the main character. Devlin was written in the first person, presumably to allow access to his thinking process. A first person viewpoint should give a clear understanding of the character's motives and behaviour as the story unfolds. However in this case the viewpoint was something of a stumbling block. Other characters could only report back, so information came at second hand without any exciting details. Devlin did not live up to expectations although some effort was made to make him human, with human foibles, but somehow it seemed forced, a sort of add in. He did not seem intelligent enough for the role. He came across as inefficient, possibly corrupt and with a taste for violence. Not great qualities, I could not like him, or care what happened to him.
The beginning was excellent, but the rest of the book, despite its complexity, became dull and exasperating. There appeared to be a certain lack of logic and clear thinking throughout. For example why did he decide to shoot Frank (his dog) - surely a humane person would have taken him to a rescue centre to be homed in a city if he was a sheep killer. The effect on his daughter, who he claimed to love, would have been devastating. This was one inconsistency too many. He seemed unreal as did the work of the Guarda. Police procedurals should have some procedure surely. This was shambolic.
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