Digital sales presentation positioning Inspector Mulcahy as Ireland's answer to Rebus Huge in-house buzz around this exciting Irish crime debut Maintain trade support & review coverage after fantastic reception of TPB
After abandoning a career in the Irish Customs & Excise service Gerard O'Donovan travelled widely, living in Madrid and Vienna before settling down to make a living as a journalist and critic for, among others, The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Debut Dagger competition.
Fast-paced, exciting and thrilling, this is an impressive debut - Sunday Times IrelandA sure command of plot and pacing, a lively sense of locale and a quirky sense of character - Irish IndependentIn Mike Mulcahy, O'Donovan has created a well-drawn, multi-faceted cop who readers are likely to want to spend more time with in the future...an impressive debut, with a well-paced plot and enough twists to keep the reader interested until the last page - Sunday Business Post (Ireland)It is difficult to believe that The Priest is Gerard O'Donovan's first novel, so gripping and assured is it. And, one asks, in crime-writing terms, is Ireland becoming the new Scotland? - The Times
Inspector Mike Mulcahy has returned to Ireland from a detail in Madrid, arriving just in time to use his language skills on a new case. A teenage exchange student from Spain, the daughter of a high-ranking Spanish official, is viciously attacked. When it is discovered that more attacks have occurred and that they have religious overtones, the killer is dubbed "The Priest." Mulcahy conveniently teams up with Siobhan Fallon, an old crush and ambitious newspaper reporter, to investigate. Michael Kramer performs adequately, doing a great job with the various accents of the characters but conveying little else to distinguish one persona from another. The story takes its time ramping up to the action, instead relying on a buildup of atmosphere and character relationships through most of the narrative. This should interest fans of Ruth Rendell and Ian Rankin. ["While leaving room for improvement, this first novel is a strong start to a promising fictional collaboration/relationship," read the review of the Scribner hc, LJ 1/11.-Ed.]-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.