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The Wrong Kind of Blood


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'Brilliantly atmospheric ... this book is a winner' Douglas Kennedy

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Declan Hughes has spent twenty years working in the theatre in Ireland, as director, playwright and running Ireland's leading independent theatre company. THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD is his first novel. The second Ed Loy mystery will be published in 2007.


L.A. private detective Edward Loy has returned to Dublin to bury his mother. He's been away longer than he'd like to admit: the drab and seedy neighborhoods of his youth have given way to a buzz of gentrification, trendy cars, and new money. As he sifts through his mother's sparse belongings, he is contacted by the wife of a boyhood friend who thinks her missing husband may have been caught up in some questionable real estate and rezoning deals. Loy's initial query uncovers a quagmire of drugs, guns for hire, and mob-related dealings among those of his chums who have not done well in the high-tech economic upturn. Loy's boyhood friend turns up dead, Loy becomes a suspect, and his drug-running chums are sent to warn him off the trail of the real killers. And of course the police come after him for working without a permit. Much blood is shed before the case is solved, and Loy learns more than he bargained for about going home again. This debut novel from Dublin playwright Hughes is an intricately crafted tale of murder and betrayal in one of the most rapidly changing capitals of modern Europe. Recommended for most mystery collections.-Susan Clifford Braun, Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Hughes makes a gritty start to his crime thriller series set in the Irish capital and featuring private investigator Edward Loy.' -- Publishing News 'A dark and gripping novel of long-hidden secrets, corruption and murder' -- Irish Book of the Month 20060401 'To call Declan Hughes "a natural" is to engage in understatement. Here is a crime novel that's both deftly plotted and truly character-driven. Brilliantly atmospheric ...The dialogue crackles and the characters have a truly lived-in authenticity. A great read' -- Douglas Kennedy 'Hughes breathes new life into the private detective story. This thrilling ride of deception brilliantly teaches usthatthe past is never far behind us, thatit can reach out and grab us at any time' -- Michael Connelly 'Distinctive, witty, violent and moving, THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD is reminiscent of the best of classic American crime fiction, yet ultimately Hughes's voice is utterly his own ...Irish crime fiction has come of age' -- John Connolly 'A classic PI novel ... Hughes's vivid characters, realistic dialogue and narrative drive make this a very successful debut ... An exciting and thought-provoking thriller' -- Sunday Telegraph, Susanna Yager /Seven 'The sort of crime novel you really want to read ... The plot is well-constructed, the characters well-rounded. The dialogue is to die for' -- Irish Times 'A masterful debut' -- Daily Ireland 'A fast-paced, tightly-written thriller ... give it a whirl, it's worth it' -- Irish Examiner Weekend 'Finally Ireland gets a hardboiled detective worthy ofthe name' -- Ireland on Sunday 'Top class ... Fast moving, and paced with acutely observed dialogue ... Highly recommended' -- Irish Independent 'A hell of a good read' -- Irish Sunday Independent 'A great plot and marvellous descriptions and dialogue' -- Pauline McLynn of Father Ted fame, now a novelist 'Arguably, the definitive Irish crime thriller ! Thrills and social commentary too' -- Glasgow Herald

In this overly busy and bloody crime thriller from Irish playwright Hughes (Shiver), Edward Loy, an Irish PI transplanted to L.A., returns home to Dublin for his mother's funeral. A friend's request to locate her missing husband puts Loy on a trail that leads to a corpse found within the foundations of the city's town hall, a notorious family of brothers who head an organized crime ring, heroin funding, numerous murders, possible IRA involvement and much more. When the pace momentarily slackens, the author supplies some nicely observed pastoral views of Dublin and the Irish countryside, but the ongoing cacophony of violence deafens one to all but the most sanguinary details. Hughes has talent, but this caper, his first, doesn't whet one's appetite for more of the same. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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