'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
A born-again ex con and drug-addled violence collide in the borderlands between North and South Ireland...
When a young woman is found beaten to death on a building site in what appears to be a sexually-motivated killing, Devlin is distracted from his assignment of keeping tabs on Kerr. Enquiries into the murder soon point to a local bodybuilder and steroid addict. But days later, the born-again ex-con Kerr is found nailed to a tree?crucified.
Increasingly torn between his young family and his job, Devlin is determined to apprehend those responsible for the murders before they strike again, even as the carnage begins to jeopardize those he cares about most.
Taking its title from the name of the road down which condemned Donegal criminals were once led,Gallows Lane is a sharp, modern thriller; a stunning second installment in what John Connolly says is set to become one of the great series in modern crime fiction.
In his critically acclaimed debut, Borderlands, Brian McGilloway opened a window onto modern Ireland through the eyes of Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin, drawing comparisons to John Connolly and Ian Rankin for his tight, fast-paced plotting.
Praise for Gallows Lane
Praise for Borderlands
'Brian McGilloway's command of plot and assurance of language make it difficult to believe that Borderlands is his debut.'The Times
'A mystery of labyrinthine complexity'Sunday Telegraph
Old guilt and new sins create a tangled puzzle in McGilloway's outstanding second Inspector Devlin mystery (after 2008's Borderlands). When Garda Insp. Benedict Devlin discovers the crucified body of James Kerr, an ex-con who claimed he'd returned home to forgive the gang members who betrayed him after a robbery, Devlin sets out to solve that slaying as well as the original robbery, which have links to drug thefts, brutal attempted rapes and additional murders. Devlin, who also has to cope with backstabbing fellow policemen and can't help getting personally involved in his cases, suffers from attacks of panic and conscience that push him to work harder, even when his wife and boss suggest he ease off. This quietly compelling procedural contains much buried passion, especially in the never acknowledged mutual attraction between Devlin and his female partner. Readers will be gripped as they watch this driven Irish detective seek his place in the moral landscape.
In Gallows Lane, when parolee James Kerr returns home claiming to have found ‘religion’, a wave of crime seemingly follows in his wake. A young girl is found badly beaten and dead, a cache of weapons and drugs is found, and Devlin’s life is turned upside down. This is a solid procedural, with a complex, character driven storyline, thoughtful in its execution and beautifully written. Devlin’s life is the center of it, different in that he is a family man, balancing what that means to him while trying to do what’s right in his work. It’s a refreshing portrayal- someone with few vices, but with the doubts and fears and questions we all have on a daily basis, save for the outlier that at times in Devlin’s world it’s a matter of life and death. But isn’t that what draws us into reading crime. I loved this book and gave it a 5.