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The ruin, Dervla McTiernan

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The ruin
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The ruin
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Dervla McTiernan
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eng
Summary
It's been twenty years since Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling Georgian 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, the police tell her it was suicide. A surgical resident, she throws herself into study and work, trying to forget--until Jack's sister Maude shows up. Maude suspects foul play, and she is determined to prove it. Cormac Reilly is the detective assigned with the re-investigation of a seemingly accidental overdose twenty years ago--the overdose of Jack and Maude's drug and alcohol addled mother. Detective Reilly is under increasing pressure to charge Maude for murder when his colleague Danny uncovers a piece of evidence that will change everything. 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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Award
  • Davitt Awards, Best Adult Novel, 2019.
  • Librarians' Choice (Australia), 2018.
  • Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel, 2019
Review
  • 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. -- Verma, Henrietta (Reviewed 5/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 18, p27)
  • /* Starred Review */ McTiernan’s powerful first novel has the authentic feel of its Irish setting. In 1993, police detective Cormac Reilly is called to a house in Kilmore, County Mayo, where he finds 15-year-old Maude Blake and her five-year-old brother, Jack, alive; in an upstairs bedroom lies the body of their alcoholic mother, dead of a drug overdose. In 2013, Jack’s body turns up in a Galway river after an anonymous caller claims he saw Jack jump in. Jack’s girlfriend, Aisling Conroy, is sadly willing to accept the obvious conclusion that it was suicide. But Maude, newly back from Australia, is convinced it was murder. Based on new information, Cormac investigates the now 20-year-old death of the mother, while Maude and Aisling try to figure out what actually happened to Jack, since the police seem unwilling to. Various other threads in the tightly woven plot lead to rape, child molestation, drug dealing, police corruption, and more murders. McTiernan neatly ties them all together in the suspenseful conclusion. McTiernan, born in Ireland but now living in Australia, is a writer to watch. Agent: Faye Bender, Book Group. (July) --Staff (Reviewed 05/21/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 21, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Maude and Jack Blake's mother died of a heroin overdose in 1993. Twenty years later, the detective who investigated the death, Cormac Reilly, is reintroduced to the siblings' case because of Jack's suicide and Maude's suspicious behavior. Aisling Conroy, a medical resident and Jack's partner, does not believe Jack killed himself; she takes it upon herself, with urging from Maude, to find out what really happened. As secrets from Jack's past are uncovered, Cormac learns that his original case is connected to a tangled web of other crimes as well. Rich characterization is revealed through the alternating points of view from Cormac, Aisling, and eventually Maude; there is also a strong sense of place as the characters weave through the often rainy Irish landscape. VERDICT With police drama reminiscent of Tana French's "Dublin Murder Squad" series and parallels to the close-to-home, quieter suspense of Ruth Ware's The Lying Game, McTiernan pens an intricate story of impossible decisions, family bonds, and police politics. Avid mystery readers will be enthralled with this intricate, mysterious, and edgy debut. --Natalie Browning (Reviewed 06/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 10, p64)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10625592
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McTiernan, Dervla
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9619.4.M45
LC item number
R85 2018
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Cormac Reilly novels
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Betrayal
  • Murder
  • Detective and mystery stories
  • Galway (Ireland)
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The ruin, Dervla McTiernan
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volume
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rdacarrier
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Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
380 pages
Isbn
9780143133124
Lccn
2018002072
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1011620622
Label
The ruin, Dervla McTiernan
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
380 pages
Isbn
9780143133124
Lccn
2018002072
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1011620622

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