Title: The Nameless Dead: An Inspector Devlin Thriller
Author: Brian McGilloway
Release Date: April 21, 2015
List Price: 2.99 USD
~ Synopsis ~
The small isle of Islandmore was once an avenue for smugglers and a burial place for unbaptized babies.
When a cold case leads Inspector Devlin to the desolate island in an attempt to locate the bodies of a group of people who have been presumed dead for over thirty years, he uncovers a horrifying secret: the body of a baby who appears to have been murdered. Every fiber of the inspector’s being tells him he should find justice for this child, but he is prohibited from investigating further.
Devlin is torn. He has no desire to dredge up painful events of the past, but neither can he let a murderer go unpunished. Devlin must follow his conscience—even when it puts those closest to him at risk.
~ Review by Angela ~
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
This is the second Inspector Devlin book I have read and I think I liked it more than the first one. Mr. McGilloway is extremely talented in the art of writing a thriller with endings that aren’t easily figured out. He throws in so many extra things that it’s hard to follow the trail of the killer(s). You think you know what is going to happen or who did what, but it turns out you are completely wrong. His stories make me think while I read them and he doesn’t foreshadow a whole lot and when he does, you don’t really realize he has done it until later.
I also love how the author includes real happenings in his stories. I am of Irish descent and I am so completely enthralled with Mr. McGilloway’s stories about Ireland and it’s history. While he is writing thrillers and mysteries and some of these things aren’t pretty, I am still intrigued and interested enough to learn about the history of this land. Not every story is going to be pretty and neatly wrapped up in a lovely little bow to be shown off, and I love that Mr. McGilloway is willing to write about it. Losing a child is a tough subject to write about and tying it in to the story of a murder is not easy either. These stories are somewhat depressing to read but because Mr. McGilloway can keep the suspense in the story, you don’t get bogged down with feelings of depression while reading about these subjects. The action stays pretty even as well so it’s not a lot of dialogue and boring back and forth between characters.
I’ve seen some of the other reviews that have mentioned they didn’t like Inspector Devlin’s family/wife in this installment. While his wife is a bit cold and bitchy, I don’t think that’s a reason to detract from the story’s rating. I can see both sides of the issues between him and his wife. He’s working all of the time, and he neglects his family a lot. He gets a little obsessed with cases and suspects and is not invested in his family or their needs. It can be daunting at times to be involved with someone like that. On the flip side, his wife knew he was a police officer and knows what kind of man he is and that he is somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to his work. I think that the fact that the dynamic is being played out will add some more drama and tension to the stories in the future. I also think it’s a great thing that Mr. McGilloway is able to invoke such feelings and emotions about fictional characters from people. I give The Nameless Dead 5 books.
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