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The Darkness of Bones Paperback – 6 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Brandon; UK ed. edition (6 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863223508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863223501
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,211,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Darkness of Bones recreates the details of a child sex abuse scandal [Kincora] with shivery vividness." -- BookReviews, Irish Times, July 15th, 2006

"This novel creates a bleak vision of contemporary urban Ireland." -- Chicago Tribune, July 2006

Based on the infamous Kincora scandal, this is a gripping story, one you will not easily forget. -- Belfast Telegraph, June 2006

Millar takes us into the very heart of darkness with a gruesome yet compelling story of murder and revenge. -- Irish News, June 2006

The Darkness of Bones is a must-read...fascinating...nothing short of genius. -- Daily Ireland, June, 2006

This is a powerful novel in its honesty and originality. -- Andersonstown News, June 2006


This is a tense tale of murder, betrayal, sexual abuse and revenge, and the corruption at the heart of the respectable establishment. A young boy discovers a bone in a snow-covered forest. Initially, Quigley Maguire thinks it could simply be that of an animal. But, it belongs to a young girl who has been missing for three years. Quigley's father, Frank, an ex-detective who now works as a private investigator, has hidden from his son his responsibility for his wife's death. When he confesses the truth to him, Quigley runs from his home into the worst snowstorm for decades. Frank's search for his son brings him into contact with Jeremiah Grazier and his drug-addicted wife, Judith, a damaged refugee from an orphanage who now sees herself as an avenging angel. Meanwhile, in the derelict orphanage, a tramp discovers a sexually mutilated and decapitated corpse, later identified as that of the head warden of the institute.

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