The Ruin (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Well written, suspenseful debut. Jack Blake commits suicide. Or does he? His older sister returns to Ireland from Australia just before his death, she refuses to believe it was suicide. Aisling, Jack's girlfriend, struggles to believe he could have killed himself, and works with Maude to try to prove Jack was murdered. DS Cormac Reilly, working the cold case relating to the death of Jack and Maude's mother, ends up involved in the investigation into current happenings. When Danny McIntyre becomes involved in the investigations, Cormac needs to put all the pieces together to figure out what is really happening...

— Rebecca

July 2018 Indie Next List


“In a thrilling debut police procedural, Dervla McTiernan's The Ruin introduces readers to honest and likeable Cormac Reilly, a 20 year veteran detective recently relocated to Galway, Ireland trying to figure out where he fits in at his new police station. Tasked with closing cold case files, Reilly's investigation of a case from his rookie days soon intersects with the current case of an apparent suicide that proves to be much more than it appears. With a detailed setting that allows visualization of the unfolding plot, McTiernan has introduced readers to a mystery that has intriguing characters and tense, suspenseful plot twists The Ruin will compel readers to keep turning the pages until they reach the satisfying conclusion that will leave them impatiently waiting for the next installment in this promising series.”
— Betsy Von Kerens, The Bookworm, ,

Winter 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List


“This solid debut from Irish author Dervla McTiernan, a compelling story that spans two decades and multiple mysteries, examines the ways that public servants can provide resources for those in need or fail them utterly—or worse. But the core element that won my praise was McTiernan’s constant reminder of the fact that characters’ deaths leave holes in the other characters’ lives; they are not just plot devices to drive a whodunnit, but individuals who are mourned.”
— Maryelizabeth Yturralde, Mysterious Galaxy Books, San Diego, CA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643580135
ISBN-10: 1643580132
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
Publication Date: December 1st, 2018
Pages: 500
Language: English