The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan

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This is on the surface a detective novel set in an un-named eastern European city, possibly Kiev or Lvov in Ukraine and features an English couple Jonathan and Sarah with their daughter, Jennifer. Jonathan, an ex-British Army soldier has set up a business specialising in finding missing persons while Sarah works as an Archaeologist. One day, an elderly couple come to the office and Jonathan and Istvan, his partner are hired to investigate the disappearance, years earlier, of the couples child, Petra. From this point the novel diverges from the usual lines of the detective story as Jonathan engages the help of a psychic and former beauty to help locate the girl. Meanwhile, Sarah is having an affair with Frank, another employee of the detective firm. One evening, while returning to the office, Jonathan saves a suicidal girl from drowning while crossing a bridge and begins a relationship with her though all is not as it seems…

The story has many twists to it with the mitteleuropa architecture of the city echoed by the gothic twist in the storyline and the tension heightens with the increasing political turmoil. I loved this book. Neil Jordan turns his hand to detective writing with the same skill as he shows in all his writing and film directing.

You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

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City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey’s best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana’s husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it’s time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you’re accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. As a murderer, Casey isn’t a good candidate, but she has something they want: She’s a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn’t the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.
Review:

4 Lost City Stars

“You…” she says, “killed a man?” The apprehensive look. I know it well – that moment where they’re certain they’ve misheard. Or that I mean it in a metaphorical way. I broke a man’s heart. Which is technically true. A bullet does break a heart. Irrevocably, it seems.”

If you’ve read any of my reviews on Kelley Armstrong in the past, you’d know that I think very highly of both Kelley and her work. As much as I really love her paranormal titles, she does really well with her thrillers.

City of the Lost is the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s Casey Duncan series. Leading with a phenomenally fierce protagonist, City of the Lost was the perfect thriller! I was immediately submersed in her tale of Casey, her torturous past, and the mysterious hidden town that has everyone wondering. The mystery, the suspense, and Kelley’s twists and turns were absolutely brilliant – I loved it!

Fans of Kelley Armstrong will definitely want to read City of the Lost. It’s fresh, unique, and will continue to keep you on your toes.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.