The Death of Love

The Death of Love

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by Bartholomew Gill
     
 

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A first-time father at fifty-one, Irish police chief Peter McGarr takes his infant daughter and feisty wife to a country resort, where he is commissioned to investigate the murder of a high-powered banker.

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A first-time father at fifty-one, Irish police chief Peter McGarr takes his infant daughter and feisty wife to a country resort, where he is commissioned to investigate the murder of a high-powered banker.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ninth Peter McGarr mystery ( The Death of a Joyce Scholar ) offers a stylish, literate look at Ireland today. When banking tycoon/philanthropist/political aspirant Paddy Power dies on the eve of an economic conference he's called in Kerry, his doctor cries murder, and head of the Irish homicide squad middle-aged, first-time father McGarr is put in charge. Rumors of scandal are whipped up with the appearance of portions of Power's diary. A wealth of suspects includes Power's ex-partner at Eire Bank; his perfectionist assistant/ex-lover; his coarse, melodramatic physician; and his ex-wife, an Eire Bank shareholder. Plot twists abound--one turns on a mass political assassination. But the main joy is Gill's distinctive voice and viewpoints: ``What good is it being Irish . . . if you can't make fun of the little you allow yourself to know of the rest of the world.'' With some lovely set pieces--a rural funeral feast, for one--Gill gives us a sympathetic, warts-and-all glimpse of Ireland and lifts his latest above more commonplace novels in the genre. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Another procedural, this latest in a long-running series. Irish policeman Peter McGarr goes to the Irish resort of Parknasilla to determine whether the digitalis-induced death of a famous and beloved philanthropist, about to turn politician, was planned or accidental. With the aid of his much-younger wife and several undercover detectives, McGarr questions the man's doctor, his athletic ex-wife, his mistress/assistant, and several powerful politicians. Violent action combines with aptly depicted peculiarities of Irish place and speech to create an involving mystery with a heavy mix of political intrigue. The IRA background and Irish idiom may be heavygoing for some, but fans will like this.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061976650
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
A Peter McGarr Mystery , #9
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
531,196
File size:
480 KB

Meet the Author

Bartholomew Gill authored 15 Peter McGarr mysteries, among them The Death of an Irish Lover, The Death of an Irish Tinker, and the Edgar Award nominee The Death of a Joyce Scholar. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Gill wrote as Mark McGarrity for the Star-Ledger. He died in 2002.

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