The dead woman is an enigma –– a local lass who emigrated to America some years back, now perched atop a seven–hundred–foot cliff high above the pounding Irish surf . . . with two passports, a pistol, and $27,000 U.S. dollars in her coat pocket. The brutality of May Quirk's murder –– along with the accompanying death of her unborn child –– haunts Chief Superintendent Peter McGarr of the Special Crimes Unit. What was it that brought her home to County Clare to die? McGarr is determined to find out, as his investigation carries him into the twisted core of a deadly conspiracy centered around money, madness, and lethal politics . . . and leads him far from his own home to a dark place where a dedicated Irish policeman is easy prey.
About the Author
Bartholomew Gill authored 15 Peter McGarr mysteries, among them The Death of an Irish Lover, The Death of an Irish Tinker, and the Edgar Award nominee The Death of a Joyce Scholar. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Gill wrote as Mark McGarrity for the Star-Ledger. He died in 2002.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is the fourth book I have read in the Bartholomew Gill/Peter McGarr series. Each book focuses on a different aspect of Ireland. As such, I find them a pleasant way to learn more about contemporary aspects of the country. The special theme of this book is the activities of the IRA in Ireland (Ireland itself and not Northern Ireland) and how the IRA was receiving financial support from Americans. While Gill is sympathetic to the desire for a united Ireland, he has a scathing opinion of the IRA's tactics. (Note, the book was originally published under the title of McGarr on the Cliffs of Moher and matters in Ireland have changed considerably since this book was first published.) The book also nicely pictures life in a very rural and rugged County Claire and concerns about the exodus of youth from the old farm homesteads to other parts of Ireland. I confess, while I have enjoyed books within this series in order to learn more about Ireland, I found the plots in the other three books that I previously read to be only so so. This book stands out from the other three in that the plot is much more gripping and manner in which McGarr (the chief detective) gradually learns more and more about the crime and the suspects to be nicely paced. In the end, I was undecided between giving this book four or five stars.