by Brian McGilloway
on Tour June 26 - July 31, 2017
A young man is found in a riverside park, his head bashed in with a rock. One clue is left behind to uncover his identity—an admission stamp for the local gay club.
DS Lucy Black is called in to investigate. As Lucy delves into the community, tensions begin to rise as the man’s death draws the attention of the local Gay Rights group to a hate-speech Pastor who, days earlier, had advocated the stoning of gay people and who refuses to retract his statement.
Things become further complicated with the emergence of a far-right group targeting immigrants in a local working-class estate. As their attacks escalate, Lucy and her boss, Tom Fleming, must also deal with the building power struggle between an old paramilitary commander and his deputy that threatens to further enflame an already volatile situation.
Hatred and complicity abound in McGilloway’s new Lucy Black thriller. Compelling and current, Bad Blood is an expertly crafted and acutely observed page-turner, delivering the punch that readers of Little Lost Girl have grown to expect.
McGilloway has given us a very timely novel of racism and prejudice. Although it takes place in Ireland just before the Brexit vote, many of the scenes and much of the toxic emotion can be found in the United States as well.
The novel is a good police procedure one but the themes woven within the plot are what gives readers reason to consider their own views. How would we react if a family of different color or culture moved in next door? Would we start a movement to see them forced to flee our community? What would we do when faced with those of a different sexual behavior than what we approve? Would we follow a fire and brimstone preacher who essentially calls for their stoning? Would we stand up for a fellow worker when she is the brunt of a vicious verbal attack?
I always pay attention when an author portrays a character of the opposite sex as the lead in a novel. I do the same when preachers or Christians are in a novel such as this one. I think McGilloway did a good job of developing these characters. As a Christian, the actions of the characters in this novel made me think about my own responses to similar situations.
I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a good police procedure novel yet appreciate confronting timely social issues as well. You'll be entertained while being given plenty of opportunities to think about your own attitudes and actions.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Published by: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0062684558 (ISBN13: 9780062684554)
Series: DS Lucy Black #4
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. After studying English at Queen’s University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb’s College in Derry, where he was Head of English. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Lucy Black series, all to be published by Witness. Brian lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife and their four children.
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