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Borderlands: An Inspector Devlin Mystery    by Brian McGilloway order for
by Brian McGilloway
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Minotaur, 2008 (2008)
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* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Fans of top-notch Irish police procedurals have reason to celebrate with the arrival of Borderlands from debut novelist Brian McGilloway. When the riveting action begins, a murdered girl's nearly nude body is found near the Irish Republic village of Lifford, only a stone's throw from the border with Northern Ireland.

Lifford investigator Ben Devlin, with the reluctant cooperation of Northern Ireland law enforcement authorities, must work both sides of the borderlands as he unravels the tangled threads of the mysterious murder. Before arriving at a stunning solution, Devlin will be challenged by an intriguing cast of characters whose duplicitous involvement in all manner of criminal activity explodes in a powerful, pulse-pounding climax. Along the way to closing the case, though, Devlin's marriage and life are jeopardized by salacious secrets and murderous passions.

Short-listed for the 2007 New Blood Dagger Award, Borderlands - the first in the Inspector Devlin mysteries series - proves that author McGilloway is more than ready for prime time in the world of police procedural thrillers. Overflowing with excitement, ironies, surprises, and superb characterizations, Borderlands is an absolute must read winner from a powerful new force in Irish crime writing. Don't miss it!

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