Monday, October 27, 2014

The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty 318 pages

I have mixed feelings about this book.  It was recommended to me by a patron and is the 1st in a trilogy.  Sean Duffy is a Catholic detective working in Northern  Ireland during the "troubles".  A body is found in a burned out car and at first glance, it appears a paramilitary informer has been killed.  Aw, but things are rarely as they seem in a murder mystery!  The informer is gay and in Northern Ireland in the early 80's it is illegal to be homosexual.  This death if followed by other gay deaths.  Detective Duffy has his work cut out for him.  Imagine, trying to investigate a death in the middle of a war, because that is truly what is going on in Northern Ireland.  In Belfast, there are nightly bombings, the Hunger Strike is going on, the economy has tanked and policeman must check under their cars continuously for bombs!  This book really brought home how terrible it was to live in Belfast at that time!

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