A Police Procedural set in Belfast 1982 is always going to have plenty of politics attached to any crime, sure enough there are many agencies involved in this novel.
I was unsure about this book for the first few pages, there are lots of references to music along with out of the ordinary vocabulary which made me wonder if this would be one of those books more about the author showing off his knowledge than telling a story. I was wrong, the plot line is intricate and delivered well, and I was soon immersed in Detective Duffy’s need to find out who killed the mystery corpes in a suitcase and why. The 1980’s references plenty along with the realities of living life in Belfast at this time made it an interesting read on many levels.
Although the book follows The Cold Cold Ground (Detective Sean Duffy 1), which I haven’t read, there is just enough reference, but not too much, so that this can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. Our protagonist, Detective Sean Duffy, is a stubborn man which means that he follows the tiniest clue during this sometimes brutal novel.
This book has certainly whetted my appetite for a detective that is different enough to many in this genre.
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