The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan
Twenty years ago young Garda Cormac Reilly was called out to a domestic disturbance. Turns out the phone operator got the information wrong. On his first real call Reilly saw his first dead body. She was the mother of two children, dead from an apparent overdose, and the call was made by the older sibling. The teenager, Maude, insists that her five year old brother Jack is hurt and must go to hospital. While Reilly is attending to Jack after some time he realizes that Maude has disappeared. It will be two decades before he sees her again.
In 2013 Reilly has left special assignment in Dublin for a position with the police in Glasgow. He expects some hazing but he’s not thrilled with being assigned all the departments cold cases. Until he opens the file for the women he found dead of an apparent overdose two decades ago. The rest of the department is working on the case of the floater in the river; a man initially ruled a suicide but the family is calling that into doubt with evidence to make the police question their findings. Reilly knows the cases are tied together but how?
Fans of police procedurals will devour this one and eagerly await the next entry in the series. Our lead detective is likeable, smart, yet still elusive. While he is the main character he doesn’t get as much ink as typical in the genre. The story is told through other characters with Reilly’s parallel case and personal problems working in to flesh out the tale. I tend to jump in and out of mystery series but I will be looking out for the next one in this series.
A great choice on audiobook since the reader has an Irish accent that keeps you in Galway as you listen!