To be honest, I seldom, if ever, read detective/crime/mystery novels, but this one was definitely worth the time and effort. I thought the whole IRA/Islamic axis was totally plausible and the plot kept me going to the end.
Gripping, gritty, quick-witted detectives take on ex-IRA thugs who have teamed up with Al-Qaeda nasties.
This debut conspiracy (terrorism) thriller is a truly realistic read - the author is a former detective with the Irish secret services working to stop international terrorism, so he really knows his stuff and it's truly an "inside" look into this sort of world where detectives are pitted against merciless killers with an unknown target in a deadly race against the clock to stop the next attack.
The main character, Detective Kate Bowen is tough yet has her own Achilles heel of an inability to trust her boyfriends or see the signs when they aren't what they seem to be. Her surveillance team is a great cast of real "Irish" characters - some of the vernacular will puzzle readers but once you catch on to what they mean you quickly love them: Digger, Angie, Zoom and the rest of the crew never give up on their target and go to any lengths to hunt down their foe. The settings of Dublin, London, Paris and the coast of Brittany in France all feel utterly realistic.
Great read!! I highly recommend it. It looks like book 2 will be out soon and I can't wait.
“The Devil’s Luck” is a fast paced international drama, that spares no detail of the intricacies and constant maneuvering required in international terrorism investigations. I found “The Devil’s Luck,” strikingly similar to many of the Robert Ludlum novels I devoured in the 1990s. T.R. Croke’s personal experience in the arena of international police liaison, clearly shines through the narrative in the finite technical complexities and minute details of his exciting and complex tale. The spirit of law enforcement and intelligence services’ brotherhood, humor, bureaucratic struggles, and courage, surfaces repeatedly in the interactions of members of the Irish Garda, British MI-5, French DGSI and RAID, American CIA and FBI, Dutch AVID, and others. The novel’s story masterfully details the authentic tradecraft of both government services and of the splinter IRA and Islamic extremist villains; and relates the gritty experience of disenfranchised Muslim youth in France. Detective Kate Bowen, the story’s main character, is well defined, utterly human, hopelessly dedicated and driven in her mission, and has the character and complexity to grab your heart and sustain this series going forward. I’m very much looking forward to the chance to dive into Croke’s next Kate Bowen novel.
I really enjoyed the Devil's Luck by Croke. It follows Detective Kate Bowen, an Irish Garda surveillance officer who despite the Machiavellian politics of global policing, a boyfriend who far is more than he seems and former IRA thugs, who have graduated to international terrorism, remains doggedly locked on to her quarry.
The Devils Luck is fast paced, gritty, funny and at all times exudes realism. A real page turner!!!!