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Bartholomew Gill's Peter McGarr mystery is as full of twists and turns as a Celtic knotwork border from the priceless Book of Kells that's stolen in its first chapter.
Investigating a theft, even of such a valuable cultural treasure, normally wouldn't be assigned to Chief Superintendent Peter McGarr of Dublin's Garda Soichana. But the brutal execution of a security guard at the crime scene soon brings in McGarr's elite Murder Squad. As McGarr investigates what seems to be an inside job, political and criminal complications quickly build to a dangerous height. The negative publicity surrounding the case adversely affects McGarr's beloved daughter. A zealous political group calling itself the New Druids (supposedly dedicated to returning Ireland to paganism) makes a ransom demand for the stolen treasure. And, most bizarrely, an old enemy offers McGarr help that cannot be refused. There's no denying that wealthy publisher and unscrupulous power-broker Chazz Sweeney's resources could be invaluable in the investigation. No one can imagine why the man who sued the Garda after being acquitted of the murder of McGarr's wife would want to ally himself with the detective now…. As McGarr tries to figure out what's the real crime, and what's the cover, the suspects multiply and the danger grows. And McGarr comes to realize that someone has gone to great lengths to embroil him in a case that could finish him…in more ways than one.
Sadly, with the death of Bartholomew Gill in the summer of 2002, this is the last Peter McGarr novel. But mystery fans will be pleased to hear that Avon will also be republishing the earlier books in this Edgar Awardnominated series. Sue Stone