Death in Dublin

Death in Dublin

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2003
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An Irish cultural treasure has been stolen from the Trinity College library: the Book of Kells, an ancient, exquisitely illustrated ninth-century amalgam of Christian doctrine and Celtic legend. Normally, theft would not fall under the jurisdiction of Peter McGarr of the Murder Squad, even one of this magnitude. But the heinous crime comes with an extra indignity: the brutal slaying of a night watchman, believed to have been a party to the felony. The fact that blood has been so freely spilled is most disturbing to McGarr, suggesting that the perpetrators' motive was not merely financial gain. Backbiting politics only further tangles the web of thievery and murder that McGarr must unravel quickly and completely. Mounting evidence suggests that the repercussions of this case may be more devastating than first imagined, pointing the intrepid detective toward a secret organization intent on nothing less than the destruction of contemporary Irish society. They call themselves the New Druids, dangerous zealots dedicated to returning Ireland to its ancient pagan state.Their deadly reach is wide, infiltrating the hallowed halls of Trinity College and quite possibly the Garda itself, forcing McGarr to doubt the loyalties of even his closest compatriots. With the dubious help of an unlikely partner -- the millionaire publisher of a disreputable scandal sheet -- McGarr undertakes the most perilous assignment of his career, plunging into a deadly maelstrom of secrets, deceptions, dark rituals...and the ever-escalating violence that even his most determined efforts cannot prevent. The crowning achievement of a magnificent career, Death in Dublin is a wonderful parting gift from the incomparable Bartholomew Gill -- one last exhilarating visit to the Emerald Isle in the company of the unforgettable folk the author and his devoted readers have loved so well.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2003
ISBN: 9780060008499
0060008490
9780060008505
0060008504
Branch Call Number: GILL
Characteristics: x, 294 p

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gomez7
May 01, 2018

If you want to read anything by author Bartholomew Gill, you better do it now, getting them from our own county library system.
Began this book in the Chicago public library, on my way to Ireland. Figured I buy it and read it in Dublin. No way. Turns out this was the author's final book. Couldn't find any books by Gill at any bookstore in Ireland, from Dublin to Glasgow; not new, not used. Came across the author in a used bookstore in Toronto on the way back, but only one title - not this one.
The book itself was very good for its genre: some gruesome violence, some mild sex, some politics, some unlikely teaming, lots of questions to be answered.
The story concerns the theft from Trinity College of the Book of Kells, the Book of Durrow, and the Book of Armagh. Durrow and Armagh are older than Kells. I got to see all three in situ.

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