Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: All the Dead Voices - 4th in the Ed Loy series
Author: Declan Hughes
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-168988-8 (Hardcover)
Release Date: June 2009
Year/Setting: Present, Ireland
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Declan's Website: www.declanhughes.com
Dublin PI Ed Loy is hired by Ann Fogarty to investigate the facts about her father's unsolved murder in 1991. Her mother's boyfriend was found guilty but is later released on appeal for the fatal beating. Loy also has a second murder to look into after Paul Delaney, a soccer star player is gunned down. Ed learns that Ann's father, a tax inspector, had prepared reports on three men that he believed had been evading taxes and were members of the IRA: They are Bobby Doyle, an ex-IRA member who is now a property developer; Jack Cullen, also ex-IRA, now head of a gang of disgruntled IRA men and George Halligan, an underworld figure. The Soccer player, Delaney, is known to have been associated with Jack Cullen and the two cases are on a collision course.
Ireland now has its own hard-boiled detective worthy of the name. Ed Loy belongs with the ranks of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and even Colombo. Hughes does for Dublin what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles. A wonderful detective story filled with Ireland's complicated history and I hope that Mr. Hughes has a lot more books about PI Loy coming up.
I recommend this to all mystery readers regardless of your choice of authors, countries or language. I you don't love this book don't call yourself a crime fiction fan. I wasn't too sure of it myself at the beginning but, it fulfilled all expectations.
Talk to you soon,
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