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Blood Ties: A gripping Irish police procedural, heralding the return of Ben Devlin

Brian McGilloway

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Crime & mystery

The latest book in the New York Times, UK No.1 and ebook bestselling BEN DEVLIN series, from acclaimed prize-winning crime author Brian McGilloway, perfect for Ian Rankin fans

'Blood Ties is a compulsive read: thought-provoking, compassionate, and
beautifully written. McGilloway is one of the finest crime writers working today.' ANN CLEEVES

'A clever web of intrigue that deepens and darkens as it twists' PETER JAMES on Gallows Lane

'Some of the very best crime fiction being written today' LEE CHILD on Bad Blood


How can a dead woman avenge herself on her killer twelve years after her murder?

This is the puzzle facing Ben Devlin in his latest case. He is called to the scene of a murder - a man has been stabbed to death in his rented room and when his identity is discovered Devlin feels a ghost walk over his grave as he knows the name Brooklyn Harris well. As a teenager, Harris beat his then-girlfriend Hannah Row to death, and then spent twelve years in prison for the murder.

As Devlin investigates the dead man's movements since his release it becomes apparent Harris has been grooming teenage girls online and then arranging to meet them. But his activities have been discovered by others, notably a vigilante, who goes straight to the top of Devlin's list of suspects... until he uncovers that Harris was killed on the anniversary of Hannah's death - just too big a coincidence in Devlin's books. So Hannah's family join the ever-growing list of suspects being interviewed by his team. And then forensics contact Devlin with the astounding news that blood found on Harris's body is a perfect match to that of Hannah Row's. Yet how can this be; the girl was murdered many years ago - and Devlin doesn't believe in ghosts.

Praise for Brian McGilloway

'This dazzling, labyrinthine debut impresses not only for the authentic depiction of a troubled community and the conflicts of a fallible detective, but also for the intense portrait of the borderlands themselves; as beautiful and terrible as the secrets they keep' Guardian

'McGilloway's Borderlands was one of last years most impressive debuts. Does Gallows Lane pass the feared second-novel test? Easily.' The Times

'McGilloway skilfully handles the tangled threads of a conspiracy surrounding an old crime, to make a satisfying mystery with an attractive central character.' Sunday Telegraph

'One of the most original voices in the notably expanding field of Irish crime fiction and this reviewer, for one, would like to read more of DS Lucy Black.' Irish Independent

'Gallows Lane shows just how mature the Irish crime thriller has become... A cracking thriller and an interesting social document... not just because of the

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Praise for Blood Ties: A gripping Irish police procedural, heralding the return of Ben Devlin

  • Riveting from start to finish. Complex families and crimes that haunt - this has it all - Patricia Gibney

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Brian McGilloway

Brian McGilloway is the author of eleven crime novels including the Ben Devlin mysteries and the Lucy Black series, the first of which, Little Girl Lost, became a New York Times and UK No.1 bestseller. In addition to being shortlisted for a CWA Dagger and the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, he is a past recipient of the Ulster University McCrea Literary Award and won the BBC Tony Doyle Award for his screenplay, Little Emperors. He currently teaches in Strabane, where he lives with his wife and four children.

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