'Brilliantly atmospheric . . . this book is a winner' Douglas Kennedy
'The night of my mother's funeral, Linda Dawson cried on my shoulder, put her tongue in my mouth and asked me to find her husband. Now she was lying dead on her living room floor, and the howl of a police siren echoed through the surrounding hills . . . '
Ed Loy hasn't been back to Dublin for twenty years. But his mother has died, and he has returned home to bury her. Loy soon realizes that the world waiting for him is very different from the one he left behind all those years ago. When an old school friend asks him to investigate the disappearance of her husband, Loy reluctantly agrees.
And suddenly in this place where he grew up - among the Georgian houses, Victorian castles, and modern villas of Castlehill - Loy finds himself thrown into a world of organized crime, long-hidden secrets, corruption and murder.
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. Brilliantly atmospheric . . . The dialogue crackles and the characters have a truly lived-in authenticity. A great read - Douglas Kennedy
Hughes makes a gritty start to his crime thriller series set in the Irish capital and featuring private investigator Edward Loy.' - Publishing News
'A dark and gripping novel of long-hidden secrets, corruption and murder' - Amazon.co.uk Irish Book of the Month
'Hughes breathes new life into the private detective story. This thrilling ride of deception brilliantly teaches us that the past is never far behind us, that it can reach out and grab us at any time' - Michael Connelly
'Distinctive, witty, violent and moving, THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD is reminiscent of the best of classic American crime fiction, yet ultimately Hughes's voice is utterly his own . . . Irish crime fiction has come of age' - John Connolly
'A classic PI novel . . . Hughes's vivid characters, realistic dialogue and narrative drive make this a very successful debut . . . An exciting and thought-provoking thriller' - Sunday Telegraph, Susanna Yager /Seven
'The sort of crime novel you really want to read . . . The plot is well-constructed, the characters well-rounded. The dialogue is to die for' - Irish Times
A masterful debut - Daily Ireland
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.