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.

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


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Feb 13, 2015
  • ndexter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

McGilloway uses recovery of dead bodies of the disappeared, 'cillin', Goldenhar Syndrome in constructing a complex murder/crime story. Also, using Inspector Benedict Devlin of the Garda to effect resolution.
However in my opinion as much as there is the intriguing murder/crime storyline; McGilloway chooses to expose the many difficulties that are the result of political strife and conflict resulting from the battles within Northern Ireland. Although interwoven within the storyline among the key items McGilloway cites are the ; casualties of the war, IRA, Catholic Church, political border lines, jurisdictional red tape within the border counties as affecting the country coming together as one.
Overall a good read which could have been made better if there were explanation of the many acronyms used.

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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