Inspector Benedict Devlin works for the An Garda in the Borderlands, an area of uneasy truce between Northern and Southern Ireland and a place in which the police of both jurisdictions often have to work together, as when, a few days before Christmas, the body of a teenage girl is found dumped on some wasteland behind a local cinema. She is wearing a gold ring inset with a moonstone and diamonds, but little else.
The main suspect appears to a Traveller boy, Whitey McElvey, but when a second murder occurs, the investigation takes Devlin into the past, to the murder of a woman to whom many people he knows seem to be connected.
I’m very impressed with this. It’s a cracking mystery that not only twists and turns, but is full of fully rounded characters and paints an evocative background of this very interesting area of Ireland.
There are some red herrings, some clever misdirection and a gripping denouement.
I’m very much looking forward to reading the next one.