'Dazzling' The Guardian on Borderlands
'A clever web of intrigue that deepens and darkens as it twists' Peter James on Gallows Lane
'Some of the very best crime fiction being written today' Lee Child on Bad Blood
When Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin is summoned to a burning barn, he finds inside the charred remains of a man who is quickly identified as a local drug dealer, Martin Kielty. It soon becomes clear that Kielty's death was no accident, and suspicion falls on a local vigilante group. Former paramilitaries, the men call themselves The Rising.
Meanwhile, a former colleague's teenage son has gone missing during a seaside camping trip. Devlin is relieved when the boy's mother, Caroline Williams, receives a text message from her son's phone, and so when a body is reported, washed up on a nearby beach, the inspector is baffled.
When another drug dealer is killed, Devlin realises that the spate of deaths is more complex than mere vigilantism. But just as it seems he is close to understanding the case, a personal crisis will strike at the heart of Ben's own family, and he will be forced to confront the compromises his career has forced upon him.
With his fourth novel, McGilloway announces himself as one of the most exciting crime novelists around: gripping, heartbreaking and always surprising, The Rising is a tour de force - McGilloway's most personal novel so far.
Praise for The Rising:
'This book should carry a health warning for insomniacs - once taken up it is impossible to put down.' Irish Independent
In McGilloway's intriguing fourth mystery featuring Garda Insp. Benedict Devlin (after 2010's Bleed a River Deep), Devlin investigates a series of murders, each more devastating than the last. When the remains of a drug dealer are found in a burnt-down barn, evidence indicates the barn was set ablaze by "the Rising," a local antidrug vigilante group. At the same time, Devlin faces a case that strikes closer to home: the body of a former colleague's son has washed up on a beach, and a posthumous text message from the son's phone hints that he and his two friends' innocent camping trip might not have been so innocent. The bleak borderlands between Ireland and Northern Ireland are the perfect setting for such shady characters, whose nebulous motivations are both plausible and surprising. Despite the dreary setting, the thrills are anything but dull. McGilloway builds a realistic world in which each of Devlin's actions is fraught with personal and moral peril.