Unholy Ground: A Matt Minogue Mystery

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When Arthur Combs is found murdered, the life choked out of him by a rope around his neck and a knee between his shoulder-blades, the method is obvious. The motive is far less evident. As an English expatriate retiree in Dublin, the decrepit seventy-three year old Combs lived a solitary existence with few friends, but no enemies. Or so it seems when Sergeant Minogue is assigned to the Combs case. As the investigation gains momentum, however, it becomes clear that this 'terrible ordinary man' is of extraordinary ...
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Overview


When Arthur Combs is found murdered, the life choked out of him by a rope around his neck and a knee between his shoulder-blades, the method is obvious. The motive is far less evident. As an English expatriate retiree in Dublin, the decrepit seventy-three year old Combs lived a solitary existence with few friends, but no enemies. Or so it seems when Sergeant Minogue is assigned to the Combs case. As the investigation gains momentum, however, it becomes clear that this 'terrible ordinary man' is of extraordinary importance to British Intelligence. London's MI5 Security Service is terrified about secrets Combs knew and threatened to reveal, secrets that could spark a major scandal and derail top-level talks between Britain and Ireland. When MI5 tries to put a lid on the Combs affair, they underestimate the tenacity of the unorthodox but brilliant Minogue. Even if it means going up against the Prime Minister, Minogue is determined to discover what Britain's spy masters are doing in Dublin.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This complex follow-up to A Stone of the Heart again features Sgt. Matt Minogue of Dublin's Garda Murder Squad, here called upon to investigate the strangulation of 73-year-old Arthur Combs, an unprepossessing man who kept to himself. But Combs was actually a British agent, and had been barred from England for nearly 40 years as a security risk. Unbeknownst to Minogue, MI5 agent James Kenyon is poring over Combs's personnel files to make sure that Combs's death won't bring to light anything that will embarrass the government. When the man who had ``handled'' Combs is killed by the Irish National Liberation Army, the puzzle begins to come together, but it is up to Minogue to find the surprising linchpin in the case. Brady is juggling many elements--ornate motives; the efforts of Kenyon vs. those of Minogue--and his plotting is occasionally dense. Characterizations, however, are ripe and the conclusion is particularly clever. (Feb.)
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"A handsomely written, dark journey into Irish politics and English duplicity. Brady is a master of the telling detail, and within the framework of the political novel, has created memorable characters, most especially the estimable Minogue."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586420376
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Matt Minogue Series , #2
  • Edition description: 1ST STEERF
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author


John Brady was born in Dublin, the fictional setting of his acclaimed series of Matt Minogue mystery novels. Brady immigrated to Canada at the age of 20, and has worked as a bank official, RCMP clerical officer and teacher. His seventh Minogue novel, Wonderland, taps into Dublin's exploding economy and its aftershocks at every level of society. He lives in Toronto. He won the Arthur Ellis Award for First Best Novel in 1989 for A Stone of the Heart.
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