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John Brady

Toronto, HarperCollins, 1990. 281 pp, cloth, 1990
ISBN 0-00-223586-2. CIP

Grades 10 and up/Ages 15 and up
Reviewed by Ted Monkhouse.

Volume 19 Number 2
1991 March

Irish born and educated, Brady has written two other mysteries, A Stone of the Heart and Unholy Ground.

The reporter son of a prominent Jewish justice washes up on a beach near Dublin. Murdered. A police officer's (Garda's) body is discovered incinerated in a car. Murdered. A PLO group claims responsibility for the Jewish reporter. Nothing but forensics for the Garda. The Palestinian connec­tion proves false. Fascinating detective work leads eventually to the Opus Dei, a Catholic nationalist group dominated by the Garda, politicians and politics. These extremists intend to take over the reins of government.

The joy is in the reading. Inspectors Matt Minogue and Jimmy Kilmartin are wonderfully developed characters jousting for supremacy. An Irish accent in the mind takes over to savour the delightful lilting dialogue. Irish lan­guage proper names serve credibility. Traditional Dublin places and habits serve to anchor locale and establish place. A must read.

I noticed at least four typos (possibly more), which are off-putting, especially when one is trying to do justice to a lovely Irish turn of phrase.

Ted Monkhouse, Guelph, Ontario.
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