by Daithi Kavanagh
GENRE: Crime Thriller
Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan leads a special unit that investigates politically
motivated crime. A man known only as The Deerstalker is a cancer who has infected
the Irish political system.
Sullivan teams up with journalist Helen Carty, and together they try tracking down
the mysterious killer. Carty adds to Sullivan’s problems, when he finds himself falling
in love with her. And further complicating things, he starts losing trust in his partner,
Detective Pat Carter, who appears to be on the side of the Garda Commissioner,
who Sullivan is rapidly falling out with.
Sullivan’s case is further thrown into confusion when a copycat killer, Tommy Walsh,
is shot dead by the CIA. When the CIA discovers that they’ve killed the wrong
person, the two agents involved–Simon, who has become disillusioned by his time
stationed in the Middle East, and Joey, a psychopath who confuses zealotry with
patriotism–are also in pursuit of The Deerstalker.
Sullivan finds himself in a race against time, if he is to arrest The Deerstalker before
the CIA take him out, and use his death as a pawn in a political game of chess.
Who will win out in the end?
After parking, he walked through the forest to a clearing, where he knew he could see for miles. He crawled on his belly along a flat piece of rock, dragging the gun with him. The glow was coming off it again, and he could feel its strength. He stared out over the side of the cliff. Once again, he was in luck. He could see the squad cars and a crowd of people gathered around the bungalow a few hundred yards away.
Adrenaline pumped through his body. His heart felt like it would burst from his chest. He put the gun to his shoulder and adjusted the sight, scanning the group of people to find his target. There he was, right in the middle of the Gardaí. How predictable of a politician. The only time they stand with the people is during an election. He stared through the lens at the big red face.
Damn. Just damn. I honestly don’t think I’ve read a better book this year. I’m sorry to all the romance books but this book has to be the best one so far. The catch? It’s not a romance. Sure there are romantic elements but it’s not the story. Mr. Kavangh wrote a taut crime thriller that I couldn’t get enough of. And I can’t wait for Tadgh’s next book. 🙂
If you have no idea about The Troubles in Ireland, this book will give you a somewhat basic idea of that time period. I’m Irish on my paternal grandmother’s side and Scotish-Irish on my paternal grandfather’s side. They left Ireland before it happened but that period of history has always intrigued me. It still does to this day. As you can see, we were the Protestants and as an American, I can’t wrap my head around someone pushing their religion on me. I digress…
Anyway, we find out first up who the villain is but in this book, we get to know him. What motivates him and why he kills. I loved the fact that this revealed in the beginning. Most authors don’t have the guts to do that but again, Mr. Kavangh does this and it’s brilliant. Tadgh and Helen don’t have a clue and that’s what makes the story so appealing. Plus, they are dealing with some people within the department that we aren’t sure are on the up and up. And then, of course, the CIA shows up. Grrr…when are they NOT around? 😉
The characters are multi layered and I don’t think we know everything about Tadgh. The writing is tight, well paced and just brilliant. Plus, I love anything related to Ireland so the setting was perfect for me. I did have certain scenes from the movie “Patriot Games” running through my mind. One other thing, the book is told in dual POV’s. I wish more authors would do this. For me, it enhances the story and we truly get to know the characters.
Overall, if you are looking for an awesome crime thriller set in Ireland with some romantic elements this book is for you. I will warn you that once you start reading, you will not stop. Yes, it’s that AWESOME!
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Daithi Kavanagh lives in Trinity, County Wexford with his wife and two teenage children.
He has worked for several years as a musician.
In the last couple of years, after taking up adult education, he began writing.
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