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All the Dead Voices (Ed Loy Series #4)

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by Declan Hughes

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PI Ed Loy wants to escape his past—but it won't be easy. Soon after moving to a Dublin apartment from his childhood home on the city's outskirts, he's approached by Anne Fogarty, whose father was murdered fifteen years ago. Anne thinks the police nabbed the wrong person, and the three most likely culprits are two ex-IRA men and George Halligan—Loy's


PI Ed Loy wants to escape his past—but it won't be easy. Soon after moving to a Dublin apartment from his childhood home on the city's outskirts, he's approached by Anne Fogarty, whose father was murdered fifteen years ago. Anne thinks the police nabbed the wrong person, and the three most likely culprits are two ex-IRA men and George Halligan—Loy's underworld nemesis. Jack Cullen, one of the other suspects, may somehow be connected with the death of a rising soccer star—another case Loy is asked to take on. And as his two investigations collide, Loy finds himself in grave danger in a city divided—where the wounded Celtic Tiger walks hand in hand with the ghosts of a violent past.

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Publishers Weekly

In Shamus-winner Hughes's solid fourth crime thriller to feature Dublin PI Ed Loy (after The Price of Blood), Anne Fogarty hires Loy to re-examine the facts surrounding her father's unsolved murder in 1991-her mother's boyfriend was found guilty but later released on appeal for the fatal beating. Loy has a second murder to look into after Paul Delaney, a promising footballer on whom Loy was keeping unofficial tabs, is gunned down. The PI learns that Anne's father, a tax inspector, had prepared informal dossiers on three men he believed to be evading taxes and, not coincidentally, members of the IRA. One of the men is a Dublin gangster with ties to the IRA who may have been grooming Paul as a protégé. While U.S. readers unschooled with the particulars of the Troubles may have difficulty differentiating the IRA from the less familiar INLA (Irish National Liberation Army), Hughes's ear for dialogue and his liberal-but never gratuitous-use of violence make for an intense read. (July)

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Library Journal

Irish P.I. Ed Loy's dark and violent past continues to haunt him in this fourth book in Hughes's noir series (e.g., Wrong Kind of Blood). While investigating the death of a young soccer star with possible drug connections, Ed is contacted by Ann Fogerty to investigate her father's murder. Ann believes that the current suspect is the wrong guy and that the police are sandbagging her. Now Ed must renew unsavory contacts from his youth with violent IRA connections. The three men with both motive and means to kill Ann's father walk a fine line between respectability and villainy; one is well connected to the soccer circuit. Violence erupts-Ireland is a small place where investigation is a delicate and sometimes deadly matter-and suddenly Ed's two cases are on a collision course. Hughes's Ireland is tough, gritty, and filled with economic, political, and moral conflict. His characters are sharply drawn and deeply flawed. The growing audience for Ken Bruen, Tania French, Benjamin Black, and other authors of Irish noir will love it! [See Prepub Mystery, LJ3/1/09.]
—Susan Clifford Braun

Kirkus Reviews
Private investigator Ed Loy (The Price of Blood, 2008, etc.) must crack a case the Garda say they cracked 18 years ago. Anne Fogarty has the kind of weathered loveliness that's catnip to the likes of Ed. What she tells him the day she walks into his Dublin office is attention-getting as well. "My father was murdered in l991," she says, then adds that the wrong man was convicted for Brian Fogarty's murder. The real killer, currently walking free, is one of three men, she concludes, furnishing Ed with a list. Among those she fingers is Jack Cullen, racketeer, drug lord and central figure in the murder of young soccer star Paul Delaney, which happens to be the other case Ed is deeply involved in. True, no one has hired him to look into Paul's death, but for a certain kind of shamus that scarcely matters. Paul's older brother Dessie had asked him, friend to friend, to keep an eye on the kid, and though no one's throwing blame around, Ed characteristically reaches out for some. "He died on my watch," he tells Dessie. Was young Paul dealing drugs under Jack's auspices? And just how fraught was the connection between Cullen and Anne's dead father? An often bruised and battered Ed soon acknowledges that not everyone wants these questions answered. An overcomplicated plot redeemed by first-class writing.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Ed Loy Series , #4
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5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Declan Hughes is cofounder and former artistic director of Rough Magic Theatre Company. He was Writer-in-Association with the Abbey Theatre and lives in Dublin with his wife and two daughters.

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All the Dead Voices (Ed Loy Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
edofarrell More than 1 year ago
Hughes writes a good book. Well developed characters, good visualization and sound dialog. This book reads well and held my interest. I won't give you any plot spoilers, but some of the situations do have a whiff of being contrived. And the plot, mercy me. Hughes can't seem to restrain himself when it comes to throwing in subplots, there must be ten in this novel. All interesting, but in the final analysis it makes it difficult to follow as he ties up all the loose strings. Buy the book, you won't regret it.
JimJF More than 1 year ago
A very good story teller but you have to get through the Irish idiosyncrasies in the language.  Lots of characters to keep track of.  The story and the author's skill make it very interesting and informative about a tragic period in Irish history.
otterly More than 1 year ago
This takes place in Dublin, where there are all kinds of murders taking place. It is apparently based on real life. Ed Loy is investigating what happens. This is quite negative and not at all inspiring.
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Stork2009 More than 1 year ago
without the total self destructiveness of his characters. Each novel gets better than the previous one.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
This well told tale casting light on the dark side of Dublin both startles and intrigues. All the Dead Voices rings with tough authenticity; it is Irish crime fiction at its best. After some 20 years in the theater as both director and playwright Hughes turned to fiction and created Dublin based thrillers, which brought him not only a host of readers but a Shamus Award as well. Private investigator Ed Loy is one of his most absorbing creations. Loy is, as he sees himself in All The Dead Voices, a man with "dead eyes telling me that my race was run, that there was nothing new under the sun except the next job of work, the next faithless woman, the next empty glass." Well, his next job of work is rife with complexities and challenges. He's approached by a woman, Anne Fogarty, to find her father's real killer - a murder that was committed 15 years ago. She believes the police found the wrong man guilty. Steve Owen who was having an affair with Anne's mother was sent to prison and then released following an appeal. Anne has her own trio of suspects. At the same time Loy is investigating the death of a soccer star, Paul Delaney, who may or may not have been selling heroin. As it turns out Delaney may also have been connected to one of the men Anne suspects of killing her father. It's quite one thing to solve a recent killing but another when one must dig into the past for answers. Once again Declan Hughes has penned a compelling, plot and character driven narrative that's hard to put down. - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Dublin, Anne Fogarty hires private investigator Ed Loy to investigate the cold case brutal beating death of her father in 1991 though the Garda has a suspect. Her mother's boyfriend was convicted of the crime, but freed when his lawyer's appealed the conviction. Though Ed is already busy looking into the murder of rising Sherbourne football star Paul Delaney whose death appears tied to drugs, he accepts Fogarty's case. Loy finds out Anne's father was a tax inspector who was investigating three men (Bobby Doyle, Jack Cullen, and Georges Halligan) on potential income tax evasion. Each was IRA; thus they had means and opportunity besides the obvious motive. However, Loy is caught unaware when his two cases seem to converge as Delaney apparently had ties to Cullen. The latest Ed Loy Ireland investigative thriller (see THE PRICE OF BLOOD, THE COLOR OF BLOOD, and THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD) is a fast-paced violent tale that may have left blood out of the title, but not the narrative. The inquiry is top rate providing an insight into the Troubles and its aftermath. Ed is his usual self - getting beaten, battered and bruised while working both cases. ALL THE DEAD VOICES is a terrific Irish whodunit. Harriet Klausner