Death of an Irish Sinner
by Bartholomew Gill
William Morrow & Co - May 22, 2001
ISBN: 0380977982 - Hardcover
Irish Police Procedural
Reviewed by Brenda
In his fifteenth Irish
police procedural, Bartholomew Gill's has lead character Chief superintendent
Peter McGarr going up against a Catholic organization called Opus Dei.
He isn't really aware of this organization until he takes his family to
visit to the in-laws. When the neighboring priest comes to report a murder,
there goes the vacation. McGarr finds the secretly illegitimate daughter
of the founder of Opus Dei is murdered in her garden. Later he learns
her newly finished book about the church and her father is missing. Opus
Dei is a source to be reckoned with. Their power reaches far and wide
with influential members and brutal assassins. When McGarr takes on the
investigation, he comes up against arrogant organization workers determined
keep their secrets, a remarkable hired assassin able to take down the
strongest man with her bare hands, and a tabloid publisher bent on discovering
Becoming involved in
a case against a vindictive organization causes personal trouble for everyone.
McGarr's family takes some shocking blows that will leave series readers
speechless, and some fellow detectives find their lives under scrutiny,
creating some violent ripples and strong reactions, leaving them to examine
their lives and their jobs.
Gill is able to stay true to the police procedural in a mild, uncluttered
way. It was refreshing to get in the middle of a police case with intense
characters so cleverly developed that they don't need graphic language
and overpowering personalities to get their parts across. The plot is
clear, the characters true, and the subject matter straightforward; the
story and emotions flow off the pages. A winning series worth every penny.