A bizarre road accident propels Celcius Daly into an investigation that could reveal the truth about his mother's death thirty years ago
Father Aloysius Walsh spent the last years of his life painstakingly collecting evidence of a yearlong killing spree, unparalleled savagery that blighted Ireland's borderlands at the end of the 1970s. Pinned to his bedroom wall, a macabre map charts the grim territory of death—victims, weapons, wounds, dates—and somehow, amid the forest of pins and notes, he had discerned a pattern. . . .
So why did Father Walsh deliberately drive through a cordon of policemen and off the road to his death? Why, when Inspector Celcius Daly arrives at the scene, does he find Special Branch already there? And why is Daly's mother’s name on the priest's map?
The past poisons the present, and Daly’s life will never be the same again.
Silence is the 3rd book in the Inspector Celcius Daly Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Quinn's masterly third mystery featuring Insp. Celcius Daly (after 2013's Border Angels) successfully integrates the bloody history of Northern Ireland with a suspenseful plot. In 2013, long after the ceasefire that ostensibly ended the Troubles, the police are reinventing themselves to bring "peace and order to a society splintered by forty years of violence." Against that background, Daly's probing of a fatal accident is unwelcomed by his superiors. He's curious why Fr. Aloysius Walsh, an elderly priest, ignored a police cordon and drove straight off a precipice to his death. Daly learns that Walsh was collaborating with a journalist on an investigation into the past that reached the shattering conclusion that "a secret committee of police officers, judges and politicians during the Troubles" organized a series of killings. To make matters worse, when the inspector accesses Walsh's records, he learns that the dead man believed that Daly's own mother was targeted for death and wasn't the accidental victim of a shooting he long believed. Understated but effective prose enhances a crackerjack story line.