Dublin Dead by Gerard O'Donovan

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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.

About Gerard O'Donovan

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Gerard O’Donovan was born in Cork and grew up in Dublin. After a brief career in the Irish civil service he travelled widely, working as a barman, bookseller, gherkin-bottler, philosophy tutor, and English teacher before settling down to make a living as a journalist and critic for, among others, The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association’s prestigious Debut Dagger competition.
Published March 13, 2012 by Scribner. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Under mounting pressure because of diminishing budgets to justify his tiny unit’s existence, Mulcahy follows a tip from veteran informant Eddie McTiernan that seems to link still another death, the execution of Liverpool drug wholesaler Trevor Ronson several weeks ago, to an epic consignment of d...

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Mulcahy’s under pressure to produce results or his team may be disbanded, and his love interest, reporter Siobhan Fallon, barely recovered physically and emotionally from the injuries she suffered in The Priest, has an ambitious junior reporter slavering at her heels, hungry for her job.

Jan 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Dublin Dead

The Telegraph

In Dublin Dead journalist Siobhan Fallon thinks that there is something dodgy about a millionaire estate agent’s suicide, but the official investigation is cursory: dozens of people who work in the Irish property industry have killed themselves in the past few years, so what’s one more?

Jan 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Dublin Dead


Almost every Irish crime novel published in the last couple of years has featured a critique of the Irish economy's downturn, as if this somehow lends some meaningful weight to the proceedings, and O'Donovan is no different, though the editorialising never rises above the level of this observatio...

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