The Rising Hardcover – 2 Apr 2010
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"With "The Rising, "McGilloway announces himself as one of the most exciting crime novelists around: gripping, heartbreaking and always surprising. . ." -HousingWire.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This is the morass that a fairly ordinary man, Inspector Benedict Devlin has to deal with. He investigates the death of a local drug dealer which might be linked to the vigilantes. The attraction of Devlin is that he is so ordinary. He is not the maverick loaner, nor is there for him the drink or drugs problem or womanising. Instead he faces problems with his children and feels guilty about not valuing his wife enough and his work gets in the way of his personal life.
There is a very good yarn here. There are twists and turns aplenty, but they are all believable. More to the point, the detection done by Devlin is clever and astute without him becoming some kind of super hero. The feel of the narrative and characterisation is similar to Peter Robinson's "Banks" series, although it has to be conceded that Brian McGilloway is not quite in that class.
The Rising is an accomplished story with a very good central character and good supporting cast which will be enjoyed by any fan of good police procedurals.
This reminds me very much of the Graham Hurley novels, and that they obviously have recurring themes, characters and places within them, set in around the Garda in Ireland, very near the border if the North. This I found having picked the series up in book 4, but it does not detract from the story.
Inspector Devlin is called out to a burning barn, where the subsequent discovery of a dead body turns out to be a drug dealer. Devlin now becomes involved the drug problems of the area, and has to also confront others who are dealing with the drug problems in local communities - the so called 'The Rising'. More bodies connected with the world of drugs are discovered, and Devlin realises that there is more to the whole problem of the first body discovered in the barn, and that perhaps some people closer to home are involved. However the truth is not always the right answer.
Devlin has a family, a wife and two children, and as readers we see him try and juggle this with his detective work, and the pain it causes when his daughter shows she is growing up and wants to go her own way. This leads to pain for the family, and at times I felt like shaking Devlin and telling him to concentrate on his family which seems to be slowly falling apart.
The story is a believable one, and there is nothing in it that I found stretched the events of real life anyway. The whole story and plot is kept very real and very in the 'here and now'.Read more ›
A first person narrative for a police procedural is unusual and produces only that person's viewpoint of the case and suspects. However we do get Devlin's experience of running into a burning barn to search for people told with strong and simple realism. Devlin also seems to take what he sees at face value, not wonder why a kid is camping in February or why a daughter aged eleven is interested in boys (I wasn't at that age). Speculation is left to the reader while Devlin just knows what procedure requires, like dental records and notifying family of a presumed fire victim. The work of the Drugs Squad necessarily involves junkies, squats and squalor. There's also storms and flooding in the countryside we explore. Expect strong language. Devlin's relationship with his wife Penny is strongly tested and we remain in suspense until the last.
The name The Rising refers to a rising up against drug dealers by an infuriated populace. We do have to think that the title was chosen with the centenary of the Easter Rising in mind. Few words are wasted in this crime tale. If you have been following the series to date, or particularly enjoy terse, gritty procedurals, you may give it a better rating.
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