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All the Dead Voices
by Declan Hughes
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William Morrow, 2009 (2009)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Dublin PI Ed Loy is approached by a woman who wants him to discover who brutally bludgeoned her father to death. The murder happened many years prior but the woman is having trouble moving on with her life without knowing who was responsible.

Loy's investigation leads him to avenues he never thought he would have to take. The Troubles are almost roused from their place of sleep. The drug trade is pulled into the story. Thugs abound. An eye for an eye appears to be the order of the day. Loy himself comes in for a few beatings. He is also about to be accused of murder. He's got more courage than sense. And, what's worse, he's aware of it.

All the Dead Voices by Declan Hughes makes one glad not to be living in Dublin - at least in the netherworld where all this occurs. Dublin is a beautiful, wonderful city that I have enjoyed visiting many times. I find it hard to believe all this walked the same streets that I did. As a fictional tale, the book lends credence to the old saying that the sins of the fathers are visited upon their sons. One man's actions triggers a free-for-all where no man feels guilty of murder and guns appear from many pockets to kill whomever is felt to have stepped over a line that must never be crossed.

All the Dead Voices is a dynamic new novel by Hughes, who has been nominated for some of the most prestigious awards in the crime-writing field and who won the Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. In particular, the New York Times dubs Mr. Hughes a highly impressive newcomer to the noir mystery field.

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