BLOOD WILL BE BORN (DI Owen Sheen: Book 1)
‘Brilliant. An exciting new voice in Northern Irish noir’
Adrian McKinty, author of The Chain
‘A gripping debut thriller. The story thunders to its bloody conclusion’
Stuart Neville, author of Those We Left Behind
'Blood Will Be Born is a rare find - a sucker punch to the gut that will also put a tear in your eye. Unflinching but never cynical, twisty but utterly plausible, and full of heart. I loved it. I only wish it didn't feel so timely'
Catriona McPherson, author of Strangers at the Gate
MURDER. BLACKMAIL. WELCOME TO BELFAST.
DI Owen Sheen vowed never to return to Belfast, but he needs answers about his brother’s death. He is on loan from London’s Met to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, although before he can dig into the past, he must babysit DC Aoife McCusker on her first murder investigation.
As the case slides into chaos, can Sheen put his personal agenda aside? And will McCusker keep her job long enough to ensure that this first case is not her last?
Let me start by saying this is an outstanding novel! It's not only superbly written, pacy, and complex, but it's gritty, the characterisation is so realistic I feel I know Sheen and McCusker, and I certainly wasn't expecting such an explosive ending.
This is a modern day Irish procedural (the Irish write some of the best crime fiction in my opinion) about the lasting effects The Troubles have on today's society. The storytelling is top notch, and though it's a slow-burner the tension ratchets up until you can't put the book down and would happily not eat for the rest of the day if it means you'll get to the ending, which was perfect.
It's difficult to write about the devastation of the IRA bombings and express this in a linear way to explain a criminals motives in the present by Donnelly does this so seamlessly I kept forgetting I was reading a novel. It's deeply insightful, thoroughly engaging, and very well written, and if you enjoy Irish crime I know you'll love Blood Will Be Born as much as I did.
'This is my top read of 2020 so far. And it's going to take something very special to beat it' Louise Mullins, author of Buried Sins
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Gary Donnelly is a writer and teacher who was born and raised in west Belfast. After attending a state comprehensive school, he read History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and has lived and worked in London since the late 1990s.