The Priest

The Priest

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"His name is the Priest. His weapon is a crucifix. His victims don't have a prayer. A killer is stalking the dark streets of Dublin. Before each attack, he makes the sign of the cross; then he sends his victims to God. After a foreign politican's daughter is brutally assaulted and left for dead, her body branded with burns from a blazing cross, the case falls to Detective Inspector Mike Mulcahy. Mulcahy is one tough cop, but this crime is beyond comprehension ? and The Priest is a nemesis more evil and elusive than any Mulcahy has ever faced: an angel of death with a soul dark as hell. As a media frenzy erupts and the city reels in terror, Mulcahy teams up with ambitious journalist Siobhan Fallon in a desperate bid to stop The Priest in his tracks before he can complete his divine mission of murder."--Fantastic fiction website.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION ODO
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 24 cm

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Apr 03, 2014

This book should come with a warning sticker: "Do not open if you want to get anything done". It's the first in a series featuring Dublin Inspector Mike Mulcahy & is compulsive reading.
It has everything you want in a great police procedural. Smart, likeable protagonist, department politics, atmospheric setting & a really scary bad guy.
It's difficult to believe this is a first novel. The prose is clean & smooth, dialogue is taut & the pacing is bang on. About halfway through the identity of the "Priest" becomes evident but even that doesn't diminish the suspense or tension.
If you're a fan of Val McDermid, Stuart Neville or Adrian McKinty, give this a try.

Ms_Fitz Mar 13, 2011

This is a good first attempt.

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