- ISBN: 9780525504894 (electronic bk)
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|Summary, etc.:|| It's been twenty years since Detective Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling home. But he's never forgotten the two children she left behind... When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib in Ireland, the police tell her it was suicide. She throws herself into work, trying to forget—but Jack's sister Maude reappears in Ireland after years abroad, determined to prove Jack was murdered. Meanwhile, Detective Cormac Reilly, who was recently transferred to Galway from his squad in Dublin, is assigned to dig into a cold case from twenty years ago—the seeming overdose of Jack and Maude's drug and alcohol addled mother. Other detectives are connecting Jack's death to his mother's, and pushing Reilly to arrest Maude, and fast. But instinct tells him something isn't quite what it seems... This unsettling small-town noir draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland, where corruption, desperation, and crime run rife. A gritty look at trust and betrayal where the written law isn't the only one, The Ruin asks who will protect you when the authorities can't—or won't.
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 May #2
The ruin here is a decaying Galway, Ireland, mansion where an Anglo-Irish family is hanging on by a thread. An alcoholic single mother, who has long since run through her family's fortune, is drinking away her final days there while her young children, Maude and Jack, fend for themselves. As a new policeman, Cormac Reilly is sent to the home for what he believes is a "minor domestic"; instead, he finds the woman dead, and the children in squalor. Years later, the case comes back to haunt Reilly when Jack is found drowned. Jack's girlfriend, Aisling, and Maude believe Jack may have been murdered and push for a thorough investigation despite police insistence that Jack killed himself. The story that unfolds shows the worst of Irish society and its police force, and includes compelling, unexpected twists and a hold-your-breath standoff. Debut author McTiernan should find success with this start to a promising series. Hand this one to readers of Tana French and to police-procedural fans. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Dervla McTiernan was born in Ireland and now lives with her family in Australia, where she works for the Mental Health Commission. The Ruin is her first novel.
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