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Gallows Lane

An Inspector Devlin Mystery

by Brian McGilloway

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Gallows Lane by Brian McGilloway
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009
    336 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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In his critically acclaimed debut, Borderlands, Brian McGilloway opened a window onto modern Ireland through the eyes of Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin, drawing comparisons to John Connolly and Ian Rankin for his tight, fast-paced plotting.

In Gallows Lane, the Donegal summer dawns unusually hot, and Inspector Devlin returns to the borderlands separating the North and South of Ireland, waiting for a notorious ex-con, James Kerr, to return home on early release. Kerr claims to have found God while in prison, but the superintendent of police wants him to stay on the other side of the border.

When a young woman is found beaten to death on a building site in what appears to be a sexually-motivated killing, Devlin is distracted from his assignment of keeping tabs on Kerr. Inquiries into the murder soon point to a local bodybuilder and steroid addict. But days later, the born-again ex-con Kerr is found nailed to a tree—crucified.

Increasingly torn between his young family and his job, Devlin is determined to apprehend those responsible for the murders before they strike again, even as the carnage begins to jeopardize those he cares about most.

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"Starred Review. Readers will be gripped as they watch this driven Irish detective seek his place in the moral landscape. " - Publishers Weekly

"Refreshing in its outlook, this procedural showcases a rising star in full command of his craft. Strongly recommended." - Library Journal

"Devlin...best of fathers and least politic of coppers, is a helluva hero elbowing his way through a gritty plot." - Kirkus Reviews

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Brian McGalloway teaches at St. Columb's College, County Derry, Ireland. This is his second novel in the Inspector Devlin series following Borderlands.

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