Hardboiled noir style crime fiction set in modern day Dublin The book
features a semi Superman type PI he can be knocked over but a semi Superman type PI he can be knocked over but for a minute due to his amazing combative skills and recuperative owers The book has a complex and sometimes confusing lot a fair amount of drinking and sex a ile of dead bodies and a few situations reuiring suspension of disbelief Just an OK #Read For Me I M A Fan Of The Adrian #for me I m a fan of the Adrian and Ken Bruen books for my Irish crime fix It took me awhile to get through THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD and I don t know why In most ways Declan Hughes has written a very good but typical hard boiled detective novel albeit one enhanced by an evocative sense of Challenged by Love E-Boxed Set place and time as with many novels written by Irish authors Ireland or rather Irishness is an important actor in the story But there is something about this book that is far than the typical Therotagonist Ed Loy is a Communicating With Animals : The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals prodigal son come home too late Like many a dark hero before him he has a tragicast on several counts Like Sam Spade and Lew Archer and a host of others women fall for
#him uickly and #uickly and can out tough the toughest bad guys and the cops Loy however often gets as good as he gives in these tough guy encounters Ultimately what separates THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD from the typical and what makes the book than a very good detective story is the author s sly and clever use of language Don t skim Read carefully and thoroughly so you don t miss any of the artfulness Declan Hughes knows how to turn a hrase and sometimes it sneaks up on you The book is certainly a keeper and I look forward to Ed Loy hasn't been back to Dublin for 20 years but his mother is dead and he has returned home to bu. ,
Eading of this author workEd Loy is back homeFleeing emotional shockPuts the ast to bed Pretty good book not a classic crime noir but close to it Takes lace in Dublin and the The Blitzkrieg Legend protagonist is an Irishman living in Los Angeles that returns home for mother s funeral It has lots of action dead bodies and family ties Parts of it are a little verbose and in sections it drags but maybe it has to do with it being the author s first book and he is trying to set backgrounds for his next book there are two There is also a lot of characters and they are in somelaces hard to keep track of Overall a good story in the mold of the new Irish crime writers You will enjoy it I really enjoyed The City of Lost Girls which is the 5th in this series so I thought I d go back and read the othersSo far this has been a disappointing experiment Maybe this book suffers in comparison to the later one and it robably isn t helping things that I read it after finishing The Whisperers by John Connolly which I absolutely adored but the fact is that #Finishing This Was A StruggleMr #this was a struggleMr writes and lots well but overall the book is sort of gray and cold and drab than grim if it had been grim it might ve been compelling It reminds me of the feeling I used to get when I lived in Seattle when February rolled around and days were short gray cold and indescribably dreary and had been that way for the Über Nacht past 350 years or soNot a terrible book but not a great one either I can t remember now where I heard about Declan Hughes but he is the real McCoyan Irish writer with a depth of knowledge about human Ry her He soon realises that the city waiting for him is very different from the one he left behind. Ecency and failure crime and motivations His canvas is local there is a known ya a long time intimacy to Irish novels that are uite unlike anything coming out of America and familiesass on #curses and debts deep knowledge of their community Before turning
#to crime novels #crime novels was a #and debts deep knowledge of their community Before turning to crime novels Hughes was a director and laywright so he has the goods knowledge of how to use conversation structure tension to make a novel workIn this first of a series Hughes wrote before the great economic downturn the implosion it was in Ireland with its inflated housing market and ballooning wealth Since 2007 we have seen many follow on novels that tell us how the aftermath of the financial crisis layed out in Ireland eg Tana French Broken Harbor and Ian Rankin The Impossible Dead but this comes before the end when the crazy changes in living standards made one feel wildly giddy as though one were looking in a funhouse mirror It is fascinating now to look back at that time and wonder how everyone really thought it would end or if it would endThe main character is Ed Loy transplanted for years to sunny California where he escaped for a while his Irish roots Come back to bury his mother from whom he was estranged he found himself seeking the fate of his father who had disappeared without a trace many years before Nothing is finished until we decide it is so and Ed finds old friends and enemies just about where he left them years beforeThe story may become a bit unwieldy in its convolutions by the end but the skill is sufficient to make us curious to look for of Declan Hughes Irish son that he is. All those years ago Loy finds himself thrown into a world of organised crime corruption and violence.