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Borderlands (edition 2007)

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Title:Borderlands
Authors:Brian McGilloway
Info:Macmillan New Writing (2007), Hardcover, 243 pages
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Borderlands by Brian McGilloway

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A well written police procedural is one of the reasons I'm so addicted to crime fiction. A good police procedural will introduce you to the police,take you by the land and lead you through their investigation as they unearth clues by interviewing people, sifting the evidence and following leads. There will be a careful balance of detecting and learning about the lives of the detectives. If the author has done the job properly s/he doesn't deliberately hold back clues or have the the detectives catch the culprit in the act, just two pages before the end.

In his first novel, Borderlands, Brian McGilloway has succeeded in all of the above. He has also avoided producing a door stop of a book. At just 227 pages, Borderlands doesn't muck about. You're straight into the story with no unnecessary padding. It's something I wish more authors would try to achieve.

If, like me, you enjoy police procedurals, you can't go wrong with Borderlands. I look forward to reading more of McGilloway's writing. ( )
  Hanneri | Dec 19, 2013 |
Absolutely excellent, with that extra savour of serendipity! I knew nothing about this novel and picked it up entirely by chance.
Set in the grey area along the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, this novel starts with the seemingly inexplicable murder of Angela Cashell, eldest daughter of a local low-life. As the police of both jurisdictions work together to try to unravel the mystery another youngster is murdered, again without apparent motive.
Inspector Benedict Devlin, of the Garda, leads the investigation, coming up against a local traveller community as well as the shadows cast by "The Troubles" by which this area had been so dreadfully disfigured.
The novel is written with a great lucidity, and while there are numerous twists and complications, the plot is always utterly plausible.
Definitely a great find! ( )
1 vote Eyejaybee | Jan 11, 2012 |
Borderlands is rated 4.0 and completed 7/7/11. At 50% point good story and characters and wanted to read more 15 year old girl dies from poisoned "e" pill and a guy is shot in the head. Prime suspect dies in custody. Supervisor appears suspicious to our cop hero. Bodies start to fall like shamrocks, bit of a stretch. Tidy conclusion, but a very disconcerting "thanks" from the cleared supv at the end.... Read more in series? Maybe. ( )
  maneekuhi | Jul 28, 2011 |
This is the first in the Inspector Devlin series. I read the second book first – and enjoyed it so much I searched out this one. It didn’t really make a great difference to my appreciation of the flow.

Benedict Devlin is a great character - essentially a moral and good man - he has human failings where his own emotions and temptations side track him. I think he’s also unique in the ranks of police murder mystery writing - with a reasonably happy family life and an easy familiarity with his small community.

Devlin’s patch is on the border of Northern Ireland and this investigation means he's in constant contact with his English colleagues. In the few days before Christmas, he is trying to piece together the murder of local girl, Angela Cashell. Her body is found on the border but there are few clues to guide the detectives. The only things they have to go on are an old ring and a photograph. Her father is known to the police and many theories revolve about how he is implicated. Another youngster is murdered, and the same photograph is found with the body. But the photograph is twenty five years old. When Devlin and his colleagues discover who it is in the photograph, they begin to unearth distressing connections back to one of their own colleagues. A wonderful subplot with the family dog provides an elegant allegory for the larger issues canvassed in the book.

This debut novel demonstrates what a sophisticated writer McGilloway is. I’m definitely looking forward to more in this series. ( )
  Jawin | Feb 25, 2011 |
Another author I was not familiar with prior to a brief check. I was again pleasantly surprised. McGilloway ascribes such a rare humanity to the lead character, Devlin. A much younger and Irish version of Connelly's Bosch would be accurate and if you added a wee bit tamer, Sandford's Davenport.

McGilloway thankfully doesn't go into too great a detail with the differences between North and South, just enough that you appreciate how frustrating the area known as Borderlands can be to both and how far things politic have progressed and how far they still have to go. No, the story here does have politics involved, but it's much more a human story. Another example of how one act, years ago, can wreck such havoc to so many innocent lives so many years later.

I am looking forward to reading what's up next for Devlin. ( )
  debavp | Jan 12, 2011 |
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The corpse of local teenager Angela Cashell is found on the Tyrone- Donegal border, between the North and South of Ireland, in an area known as the borderlands. Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin heads the investigation: the only clues are a gold ring placed on the girl's finger and an old photograph, left where she died. Then another teenager is murdered, and things become further complicated when Devlin unearths a link between the recent killings and the disappearance of a prostitute twenty-five years earlier -- a case in which he believes one of his own colleagues is implicated. As a thickening snow storm blurs the border between North and South, Devlin finds the distinction between right and wrong, vengeance and justice, and even police-officer and criminal becoming equally unclear. A dazzling and lyrical debut crime novel, Borderlands marks the beginning of a compelling new series featuring Inspector Benedict Devlin. 'Brian McGilloway's command of plot and assurance of language make it difficult to believe that Borderlands is his debut.' - The Times 'A mystery of labyrinthine complexity' - Sunday Telegraph

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Detective and mystery stories. The corpse of local teenager Angela Cashell is found on the Tyrone-Donegal border, between the North and South of Ireland, in an area known as the borderlands. Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin heads the investigation: the only clues are a gold ring placed on the girl's finger and an old photograph, left where she died. Then another teenager is murdered, and things become further complicated when Devlin unearths a link between the recent killings and the disappearance of a prostitute 25 years earlier - a case in which he believes one of his own colleagues is implicated. As a thickening snow storm blurs the border between North and South, Devlin finds the distinction between right and wrong, vengeance and justice, and even police officer and criminal, becoming equally unclear.… (more)

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