Dublin's Grand Canal was long ago the site of stately barges bearing gentry in three-cornered hats, of elegant ladies murmuring to one another under their parasols. While children still play and lovers still twine by its banks, today they do so against a background of faceless office blocks and a soaring crime rate.
Inspector Matt Minogue, world-weary but with a well-developed sense of whimsy, is at the scene when a young woman is dragged from the canal, her face showing signs of a vicious beating. She's one Mary Mullen, a (former?) prostitute who's managed to stay out of the way of the police for the past few years. Mary had moved off the streets, but sources hint of an association with the Egans, a ruthless gang whose star has risen in Dublin's underworld of crime and violence. It soon becomes clear that she was using them as a stepping stone to "the good life," where she could leave her past behind. Minogue's search for who it was that came between Mary and her ambitions takes center stage in this masterly novel distinguished by riveting suspense, vivid characterization, and the beguiling evocation of the dialogue, landscape, and lifestyles of modern-day Ireland.
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A native of Dublin, John divides his time between Ireland and Canada, where he and his wife Hanna raise their family. Growing up in Ireland, with a mother from the west of Ireland and a father from Dublin, home was where talk and imagination and character were at to the core of life. Everyone had a story, a song, a joke. John continues to follow the lure of travel. rambling in Ireland’s Burren or Dublin's streets, or hill-walking in southern Austria. Trained as a teacher, he still goes by the axiom that only that which is useless, or can’t be taught, is irresistible.From Publishers Weekly:
The brogues and the blarney are back in fine form, but this tale doesn't have nearly the restless energy of All Souls, the previous Inspector Matt Minogue mystery. Brady brings the contradictions of modern-day Dublin vividly to life. On the bank of the now badly polluted canal, upscale young men in flashy cars with mobile phones look for whores, and the short life of Mary Mullen, a working girl with a taste for the finer things, comes to an unpleasant end. A junkie named Leonardo, who survives on Coca-Cola, lager and fear, believes he's being sought in her death and wonders if he should give himself up. Mary was his friend, but his alibi isn't impressive: he was breaking into a parked Golf GTI. Matt, meanwhile, has a pregnant daughter, a flatulent slob of a superior and a hot-tempered subordinate with a criminal twin brother. The bad twin is a close crony of the pair of brothers who are Matt's prime suspects in Mary's murder. Leonardo's torment is tedious, and we learn next to nothing about Mary. The mood is as thick as Guinness, but the plot's as thin as weak tea.
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Book Description St. Martin's Press, New York, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First US edition first printing of the fifth novel in the Inspector Matt Minogue series. Inscribed to a couple Lionel and Annette wish every good wish. John Brady (Hamna Llajnen's husband!) Feb 1996. In fine / fine unread condition. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 17384
Book Description St Martins Pr, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX031213083X
Book Description St Martins Pr, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11031213083X