Fans of award-winning crime writer Dervla McTiernan have been eagerly awaiting the third Detective Cormac Reilly book. Well it’s here, and we’re happy to report that The Good Turn only raises the bar higher. 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.
If you love crime novels then it’s quite likely that you’ll be familiar with the name Dervla McTiernan. Her first book The Ruin was one of the biggest debuts of 2018, and her second book The Scholar went straight to the top of the charts. Both have made an appearance in our annual Better Reading Top 100.
We’ve reviewed both her previous books and concluded that they were nothing less than ‘5-star crime fiction’. However, if you need more convincing then the following very high praise should be enough to get you heading out for a copy.
‘McTiernan is the top rank for crime writers’ Chris Hammer
‘A simply brilliant writer’ Don Winslow
‘McTiernan has rocked the crime fiction world’ Candice Fox
The Good Turn, her third offering is set 22 years after The Ruin. Detective Cormac Reilly is the black sheep of Garda Station in Galway where he is resented by many of his colleagues and drained of resources by a special task force that he suspects isn’t completely above board.
The story begins when Garda Peter Fisher is called to the scene of a reported kidnapping. Initially believed to be a prank call, when amateur video of the young girl’s violent abduction is produced things start moving at a rapid pace.
Frustrated by the lack of support from Superintendent Bryan Murphy and severely short-staffed, Fisher and Reilly are pushed to breaking point, resulting in a fatal mistake.
Subsequently banished to the small town he grew up in and the police station his father runs, Fisher finds himself drawn into an unresolved murder investigation and crosses paths with single mother Anna and her silent daughter Tilly.
Meanwhile Reilly is getting closer to the truth about the special task force but who can he trust?
Police corruption, an investigation that doesn’t end well and the mystery of a little girl’s silence – three unconnected events that will prove to be linked by one small town.
Once again Cormac finds his dedication to his career hard to balance with his personal life and this tension and the pressure, he constantly feels to compromise his values is crucial to the plot. You may find yourself asking what lengths would you go to for justice?
Dervla McTiernan delivers plenty of twists and turns along the way while exploring the dark corners where corruption lurks. You’ll feel unsettled but you’ll also be urging Reilly and Fisher on as they seek to uncover the truth. If you’re new to the Detective Cormac Reilly stories then never fear The Good Turn can be read on its own, or you can read the three books out of order and still thoroughly enjoy them.
With the success that Dervla McTiernan has achieved to date and the rave reviews that are already appearing on the release of The Good Turn, readers can be confident that when they open the pages of a Detective Cormac Reilly book, they won’t be closing them anytime soon!