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LONGLISTED FOR THE THEAKSTON OLD PECULER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2021*

'Poetic, human and gripping... reminded me of Bernard MacLaverty's early work. Yes, it's that good' Ian Rankin

'Moving and powerful, this is an important book, which everyone should read' Ann Cleeves

'The Last Crossing is not only a riveting story about loss and guilt in a fractured society, it is also an
important work. Beautifully written and lingers long in the memory' Steve Cavanagh

Tony, Hugh and Karen thought they'd seen the last of each other thirty years ago. Half a lifetime has passed and memories have been buried. But when they are asked to reunite - to lay ghosts to rest for the good of the future - they all have their own reasons to agree. As they take the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland the past is brought into terrible focus - some things are impossible to leave behind.

In The Last Crossing memory is unreliable, truth shifts and slips and the lingering legacy of the Troubles threatens the present once again.

Praise for Brian McGilloway
'... McGilloway brings a forensic and compassionate eye to bear on the post-Troubles settlement in this thoughtful, moving, morally complex book' The Irish Times

'McGilloway's grasp of characterisation is of the first rank, and more than compensates for the familiarity of the scenario here. The author continues to be one of Ireland's most accomplished crime writers' CrimeTime

'[A] superb book... thoughtful and insightful, wrenching and utterly compelling. It says something truly profound and universal about love, loyalty and revenge... If you want to understand Northern Ireland, or any society that has experienced conflict, put it on your list. And the writing is exquisite' Jane Casey

'Unearths individuals truths, unreliable memories and personal mythologies with a complex character-driven story that will leave you breathless until the final page' Gerard Brennan

'As heart-stopping and thrilling as it is exquisitely written and prescient' Claire Allan

'Another extraordinary novel from one of Ireland's crime fiction masters' Adrian McKinty

'A remarkably timely thriller...' Irish World

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2021
February 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Little, Brown Book Group
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
3
MB

Customer Reviews

steveinatwater ,

A Dark and Beautiful Tale

Brian McGilloway’s The Last Crossing is a beautifully written tale about the haunting effect of the Troubles on a small group of characters. The story is told through dual timelines separated by 30 years in a seamless narrative by main character Tony Canning, who recounts how in the moment, emotional decisions take profound turns, changing the course of lives. The events themselves act a background character asking who determines which actions are crimes and is there ever forgiveness. I loved almost everything about this book from the beautifully crafted characters to the feel of the time and setting, all of which operated on a cinematic level for me, bringing up a stream of evocative images as the story unfolded. I gave this book a 5

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