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Book description of DUBLIN DEAD:
“Irish detective Mike Mulcahy returns in this suspenseful follow-up to the highly acclaimed international bestseller The Priest—and now he’s hot on the trail of an international drugs gang.One year later, DI Mike Mulcahy is exactly where he wants to be, coordinating international intelligence for Ireland’s National Drugs Unit. But with the economy in meltdown and his department facing tough cutbacks, his dream job is in jeopardy. Then Mulcahy spots a possible link between the murder of a Dublin gangster in Spain and a massive shipment of cocaine abandoned off the south coast of Ireland. Could this be the break he’s been praying for? Meanwhile, reporter Siobhan Fallon is still recovering from her ordeal at the hands of a sadistic killer. Work is her only refuge, and while she’s an emotional basket case, her nose for a story is as sharp as ever. When a suicide turns out to have a bizarre missing-person’s angle, she’s convinced there is something darker to it. But with a vital piece of evidence beyond her grasp, she has to turn to Mulcahy for help. Mulcahy and Fallon have no idea what deadly ground they’re setting out on together, or that their journey will lead them on a twisted trail of terror to the rocky shores and windswept hills of West Cork and a blood-drenched showdown with a remorseless killer.”
I took the easy way out in reviewing this book because it isn’t easy to describe. It is the second book in the series featuring Detective Inspector Mike Mulcahy and reporter Siobhan Fallon. The first book, THE PRIEST, is outstanding. DUBLIN DEAD is as good but not as showy. The first book grabs the reader at the first line. The second takes much longer to hit its stride. When it does, it becomes a worthy successor to the first.
Mulcahy is the director of an international drug’s unit. The book begins with the death of a drug dealer in Spain. In England, the body of Cormac Horgan, a millionaire real estate agent, is pulled from a river. His death is ruled a suicide, one of many among the movers and shakers in the financial world. Siobhan goes to County Cork to attend Horgan’s funeral to see who of interest might be there. She is approached by a woman who identifies herself as the mother of Gemma Kearney, Horgan’s girlfriend. Siobhan has researched Horgan’s life intensively but has found no indication of a woman in his life. Mrs. Kearney tells her that Gemma and Horgan met when studying to be accountants, They were good friends and recently were spending a lot of time together. But Mrs. Kearney hadn’t heard from Gemma in three weeks. The police aren’t interested but Siobhan is.
A mountain of drugs has come into Ireland and that feeds greed and greed leads to deaths. members of the various gangs that supply the city are found dead in circumstances that led to the inevitable conclusion that there is a drugs war, that Ireland is a major part of an international conspiracy, and that innocence isn’t a protection.
Gerard O’Donovan has written a second well-plotted story set in an interesting city with likeable major and minor characters. I look forward to the third in the series.