In Dublin's underworld, the past is never far behind.
Ed Loy has made some changes.
He has moved into an apartment in Dublin's city centre, leaving behind his family home: he wants to break free of the ghosts of his own past, to live in the present. But if that's what he wants for his own life, it's not always what his clients will permit: the baggage they bring with him propel him relentlessly into past.
The police are working along similar lines with their new Cold Case unit. Looking back over a fifteen-year-old murder, they are satisfied by their original findings but not so Loy. He has been hired by the victim s daughter to investigate the suspects ignored by the first investigation: a rich property developer, an ex-IRA man and Loy s own nemesis, George Halligan.
But Loy has to watch his back: in the murky world into which he has fallen, he can t tell which threats come from the IRA and which from the police protecting their old case. Can Loy persuade his longstanding friend DI Dave Donnelly to help solve the Fogarty case, or does he have to rely on the murderous George Halligan? Does it all go back to the IRA? Are the men who gave the commands now respectable citizens?
In his toughest case yet, Ed Loy delves into the dirty side of life in the New Ireland, where progress comes at a price and no one is free of their past.
PRAISE FOR DECLAN HUGHES: - *
I d be prepared to swear that there has never been a character in Irish crime fiction with a name so taut, muscular and slyly tongue in cheek as Ed Loy . . .' - Irish Times
To call Declan Hughes "a natural" is to engage in understatement. Here is a crime novel that s both deftly plotted and truly character-driven. Like Chandler s Los Angeles, Hughes s Dublin is brilliantly atmospheric. The dialogue crackles and the characters have a truly lived-in authenticity. A great read - Douglas Kennedy
Declan Hughes breathes new life into the private detective story - Michael Connelly
Finally Ireland gets a hardboiled detective worthy of the name...- it's not hard to see why [Declan Hughes'] publisher placed so much faith in such a relative newcomer - Ireland on Sunday
'Top class . . . Fast moving, and paced with acutely observed dialogue, Hughes draws an accurate and decidedly dark picture of the changes wrought by Celtic Tiger Ireland on Seaview and its inhabitants. Highly recommended' - Irish Independent Review
Hughes is in his element describing the sites and sounds of the places Loy visits - Sunday Tribune
Declan Hughes manages the extremely difficult trick of not only locating a credible thriller in Ireland but also casting an eye on the way this society has changed utterly in the past two decades . . . Hughes laces his plot with razor-sharp and frequently hilarious comments on Irish society - Herald AM and Evening Herald
Declan Hughes was born in Dublin, where he lives with his wife and daughters. He has worked as a playwright and director and co-founded the award-winning Rough Magic Theatre Company, where he was artistic director and writer-in-residence. The first in the series of Ed Loy mysteries, The Wrong Kind of Blood, won the Shamus Award for best first novel and the third, The Dying Breed, was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe award for best novel.