The Nameless Dead

McGilloway, Brian

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Nameless Dead
A fifth procedural featuring Inspector Devlin, as well as the stark realities of recent Irish history You can't investigate the baby, Inspector. It's the law. Declan Cleary's body has never been found, but everyone believes he was killed for informing on a friend more than 30 years ago. Now the Commission for Location of Victims' Remains is following a tip-off that he was buried on the small isle of Islandmore, in the middle of the River Foyle. Instead, the dig uncovers a baby's skeleton, and it doesn't look like death by natural causes. But evidence revealed by the commission's activities cannot lead to prosecution. Inspector Devlin is torn. He has no desire to resurrect the violent divisions of the recent past, but neither can he let a suspected murderer go unpunished. Now that the secret is out, more deaths follow. Devlin must follow his conscience--even when that puts those closest to him at terrible risk.

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Publisher: London : Pan, [2013], 2012.
ISBN: 0330460862
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,20 cm.


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Aug 22, 2014
  • alexica rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

McGiiloway writes of the disappeared during "The Troubles" in Ireland, babies born to young girls in one of the "homes" that existed until recently for unwed mother, the fate of disabled and and baptised babies, the failure of the Celtic Tiger and crime in general in "The Nameless Dead." I would recommend it because it is well done and reflects socieital problems of both the past and the present in Ireland. It also shows that the past is rarely "the past."


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