A Carra King: An Inspector Matt Minogue Mystery

A Carra King: An Inspector Matt Minogue Mystery

by John Brady
     
 

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"A rookie security guard at Dublin Airport spots a pool of dried blood under a rental car - an American is found bludgeoned to death in the trunk. Garda Inspector Matt Minogue soon learns that there's more at stake here than the murder of a visitor, more even than adverse publicity for Ireland's vital tourist industry." Patrick Shaughnessy, the dead man, did not…  See more details below

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"A rookie security guard at Dublin Airport spots a pool of dried blood under a rental car - an American is found bludgeoned to death in the trunk. Garda Inspector Matt Minogue soon learns that there's more at stake here than the murder of a visitor, more even than adverse publicity for Ireland's vital tourist industry." Patrick Shaughnessy, the dead man, did not travel like an ordinary tourist. He attended lavish society parties thrown by leading arts patrons, conferred with museum curators, and paid a special visit to the site of the Stone Age Carra community on Ireland's rugged west coast. Shaughnessy, it turns out, was the son of Irish American multimillionaire Johnny Leyne, and Inspector Minogue finds himself in charge of an investigation under intense media scrutiny and fraught with political entanglements. What drew Shaughnessy to archaeology and antiquities, a world as foreign to him as his absent father's homeland? What was he after, and what connection, if any, existed between his personal quest and his death? Who would want Shaughnessy dead, and why?

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The body in the boot of the car parked at the airport has been decomposing for several days before a security guard notices the trickles of hardening blood on the macadam and calls Dublin's Murder Squad. Once they swing into action, though, it doesn't take Inspector Matt Minogue (The Good Life, 1995, etc.) and his able assistant Thomas Malone long to identify the dead tourist as Patrick Shaughnessy, the son of American frozen-foods millionaire John Leyne, now en route to the Ould Sod with his ex-wife to reclaim the body—and bedevil the investigation by asking for frequent, time-consuming updates. Tracking Patrick's last days leads to Aoife Hartnett, an Irish antiquities specialist who has gone missing, next to be seen dead in a car that's careened off a cliff. Then Leyne Senior succumbs to heart problems, his lawyer is murdered while in Minogue's care, and politicians and police higher-ups all warn Minogue off the case, which by now has expanded to include possible drug-running and probable smuggling of Irish heritage symbols like the Carra stone, which may or may not be authentic. Ever suspicious of Machiavellian attempts to usurp his investigative authority, Minogue sidesteps departmental rivals and tails the van ferrying the Carra stone to a watery end, where matters culminate in insider treachery and gunplay. A dour look at tourism in the virtual-reality age, the power that underwriting a $5 billion foundation brings, and the flip side to Ireland's leprechaun-and-tea-cozy charm.

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ISBN-13:
9781586420185
Publisher:
Steerforth Press
Publication date:
06/14/2001
Series:
Matt Minogue Series, #6
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
375
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

A native of Dublin, John divides his time between Ireland and Canada, where he and his wife Hanna raise their family. Growing up in Ireland, with a mother from the west of Ireland and a father from Dublin, home was where talk and imagination and character were at to the core of life. Everyone had a story, a song, a joke.

John continues to follow the lure of travel. rambling in Ireland's Burren or Dublin's streets, or hill-walking in southern Austria. Trained as a teacher, he still goes by the axiom that only that which is useless, or can't be taught, is irresistible.

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