Ed Loy hasn't been back to Dublin for 20 years. Now his mother is dead, and he has returned home to bury her. He soon realises that the world waiting for him is very different from the one he left behind all those years ago. An old classmate, Linda Dawson, pleads with him to find her missing husband, Peter. She doesn't want the police involved.
When Loy finds an old photograph of his long missing father on Peter Dawson's boat, and a corpse is discovered in the foundations of the local town hall, things begin to get personal. Suddenly, he finds himself thrown into a world of organised crime, long-hidden secrets, corruption, violence...and murder.
"A classic temptress ('her scent was so intense I felt I was tracking her') and a complex plot enrich this hugely enjoyable homage. Although Loy's gritty and immediate first-person narration, compellingly delivered by Townsend in a tough Dublin accent is reminiscent of a Bogart film-noir voiceover, the memorably drawn characters that Loy encounters give this thriller a life that transcends mere pastiche." (
Sunday Times Audiobook of the Week)
"Brilliantly atmospheric...this book is a winner." (Douglas Kennedy)
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