The Good Turn (Cormac Reilly #3) by Dervla McTiernan

1. First lines. 2. Published 2020 Harper Collins 3. Handshake by Gerd Altmann [Free for commercial use; No attribution required] from Pixabay 4. Garda Armed Support Unit by Eric Jones. [CC-BY-SA 2.0] via Geograph UK
A very satisfying read.

A young girl is seen being forcibly abducted in a quiet suburban street. In their investigations, Detective Cormac Reilly and Garda Peter Fisher are frustrated by a lack of support from their superiors. When Peter makes a drastic decision, he is sent to a quiet village in western Ireland to do paperwork. There he begins to delve into a double murder case which had been closed without any resulting arrest. He is again thwarted in his investigations and warned off, resulting in his determination to find the truth.

“Cormac took a breath, a sudden involuntary inhalation. He felt as if the solid ground beneath his feet had been removed, as if he was standing, swaying, at the top of a cliff and the wind was at his back. I don’t understand, he said.”

“… you watched them, and you reported on them and it never occurred to you to ask why. You never wondered, Des, who you were working for, when you did that good turn?”

~Quotes from “The Good Turn” by Dervla McTiernan
  • Australian Crime Fiction: “Strong characterization carries The Good Turn throughout, and this has been a key feature of all three books in this deservedly popular series.  Both the investigators and the investigation are given equal consideration in The Good Turn, which is immensely satisfying to anyone who prefers a holistic experience with their reading of crime fiction.” 
  • Better Reading: “Dervla McTiernan has delivered a thoroughly compelling story, richly layered plot and intriguing characters that will keep you urgently reading well into the early hours.
  • Readings: “This is crime as it should be. McTiernan brings her characters to life with a perfect blend of suspense, intrigue and wit. She is also the queen of the atmospheric novel, as the snow starts to pile up around the inhabitants of County Galway you feel the icy fingers of mystery on the back of your neck, and when the weather clears and all is right again in the world of Cormac Reilly and his fellow Garda, you will be warmed down to your very toes.”

Author: Dervla McTiernan

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