The Priest

The Priest

A Novel

Book - 2011
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From the most riveting writer to come out of Ireland since John Connolly, the first in a series of Dublin-based thrillers introducing Inspector Mike Mulcahy, who is pitched into a deadly battle with a religion-obsessed serial killer.

Gerard O'Donovan puts Dublin on the map with this gripping tale featuring a diabolical serial killer steeped in Ireland's Catholic history. Struggling to find his feet back in Ireland after a lengthy posting with Europol in Spain, drugs specialist Mike Mulcahy is plunged into unfamiliar territory when the daughter of a politician suffers a horrific sex attack. Dragged into the case against his will, Mulcahy becomes convinced there is more to it than a random frenzied sexual assault, especially when he discovers that the weapon used by the attacker to torture the victim was a crucifix. But know-it-all colleagues and politically motivated bosses, eager for a quick, uncontroversial result, ignore his belief that the attack had religious rather than sexual motivations. Sidelined and overruled, Mulcahy sets about his own investigation, but frustrations abound at every turn-until reporter Siobhan Fallon turns up asking awkward questions. As more young women are attacked and assault turns to murder, Mulcahy and Fallon are drawn into an uneasy alliance, and each step they take hurtles them ever closer to the monstrous killer known only as The Priest and a final showdown that is as explosive as it is unforgettable.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451610604
Branch Call Number: ODON
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 24 cm

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Apr 03, 2014

This book should come with a warning sticker: "Do not open if you want to get anything done". It's the first in a series featuring Dublin Inspector Mike Mulcahy & is compulsive reading.
It has everything you want in a great police procedural. Smart, likeable protagonist, department politics, atmospheric setting & a really scary bad guy.
It's difficult to believe this is a first novel. The prose is clean & smooth, dialogue is taut & the pacing is bang on. About halfway through the identity of the "Priest" becomes evident but even that doesn't diminish the suspense or tension.
If you're a fan of Val McDermid, Stuart Neville or Adrian McKinty, give this a try.

Ms_Fitz Mar 13, 2011

This is a good first attempt.

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