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  • ISBN: 9781466861268 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 1250057566 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781250057563 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: pages ; cm
    print
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.

Content descriptions

General Note: "First published in Great Britain by New Island Books."
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
Summary, etc.: "A thrilling, beautifully written mystery debut that brings 1880s Dublin vividly, passionately to life, from the former editor of The Irish Times This captivating, expertly crafted mystery debut captures the life and essence of Victorian Dublin and draws the reader on a gripping journey of murder and intrigue. In the 1880s the Dublin Metropolitan Police classified crime in two distinct classes. Political crimes were classed as "special," whereas theft, robbery and even murder, no matter how terrible, were known as "ordinary." Dublin, June 1887: The city swelters in a long summer heatwave, the criminal underworld simmers, and with it, the threat of nationalist violence is growing. Meanwhile, the Castle administration hopes the celebration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee will pass peacefully. Then, the mutilated bodies of a man and a child are discovered in Phoenix Park and Detective Sergeant Joe Swallow steps up to investigate. Cynical and tired, Swallow is a man living on past successes in need of a win. With the Land War at its height, the priority is to contain special crime, and these murders appear to be ordinary--thus of lesser priority. But when the evidence suggests high-level involvement, and the body count increases, Swallow must navigate the treacherous waters of foolish superiors, political directives, and frayed tempers to solve the case, find the true murderer, and deliver justice. "--
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 March #2
    June of 1887 in Dublin was notable for its enervating heat wave, the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the death of a local crime boss, and several "ordinary" murders (as opposed to political crimes that are "special," and thus of higher priority). Detective Sergeant Joe Swallow, a skilled investigator without recent successes, is called to the park where the bodies of a man and boy are found. But the department, in general, and Swallow, in particular, lose face when the adult body is found to be that of a woman in men's clothing. Days later the body of a servant of a prominent local politician turns up, and Swallow's diligent disregard of politics proves a problem. The somewhat leisurely narrative pace taken by debut novelist Brady suits the time and place, with its vivid background of the nationalist Fenian activities that affect Swallow personally and hints of modern forensic practices. Swallow is an increasingly interesting protagonist who is left to face the realities of his professional future and his closest personal relationship; readers will want to see more of him. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

CONOR BRADY is the former editor of The Irish Times. A June of Ordinary Murders is his first novel. He lives in Dublin.

Subject: Police Ireland Dublin Fiction
Murder Investigation Fiction
Ireland Politics and government 1837-1901 Fiction
Ireland Social life and customs 19th century Fiction
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Traditional British
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Manners and customs
Murder Investigation
Police
Political science
Ireland
Ireland Dublin
Genre: Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Mystery fiction.
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