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All the Dead Voices (Ed Loy Series #4)

All the Dead Voices (Ed Loy Series #4)

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by Declan Hughes
     
 

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Dublin PI Ed Loy is trying to escape his past—a task easier said than done—in this new novel from Shamus Award-winning author Declan Hughes

Shortly after moving from his childhood home on the outskirts of Dublin to an apartment in the city, Ed Loy is approached by Anne Fogarty, a woman whose father was killed fifteen years

Overview

Dublin PI Ed Loy is trying to escape his past—a task easier said than done—in this new novel from Shamus Award-winning author Declan Hughes

Shortly after moving from his childhood home on the outskirts of Dublin to an apartment in the city, Ed Loy is approached by Anne Fogarty, a woman whose father was killed fifteen years ago. She thinks the police nabbed the wrong person, and now she wants Loy to find the truth. At the top of the list of possible suspects are three men Anne's father, a revenue inspector, was preparing claims against for criminal activity: Bobby Doyle, an ex-IRA man turned property developer; Jack Cullen, also ex-IRA, now the head of a gang of disgruntled IRA men; and George Halligan, Loy's underworld nemesis.

At the same time, Loy is asked to look into the death of Paul Delaney, a rising soccer star who may have been connected with Jack Cullen. With the two cases on a collision course, Loy scours the streets of a city divided—where the wounded Celtic Tiger walks hand in hand with the ghosts of a violent past.

With his gripping mysteries in the tradition of Raymond Chandler's and Ross MacDonald's best, a striking portrayal of an Ireland seldom seen, and a classic hero in Ed Loy, Declan Hughes cements his place as one of the most talented new crime writers working today.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061887314
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Series:
Ed Loy Novels , #4
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
458,503
File size:
669 KB

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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