The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

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April 2020, no. 420
Kirsten Tranter reviews 'The Good Turn' by Dervla McTiernan

The Good Turn

by Dervla McTiernan

HarperCollins, $32.99 pb, 400 pp

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

Reviewed by
April 2020, no. 420

Dervla McTiernan’s third novel consolidates her standing as a star of Irish detective fiction, following her breakout début, The Rúin (2018), and its follow-up, The Scholar (2019), all featuring Detective Sergeant Cormac Reilly.

Dublin dominates the imagination of Irish crime writing, but McTiernan’s stories centre around the western city of Galway and the small towns that surround it, places with pretty, smiling exteriors that mask darker moral and economic realities. For every cheerful local pub and beautiful seaside terrace there is a building lot abandoned in the wake of economic crisis and a cheaply constructed block of units with no heating and a rent-gouging landlord.

Kirsten Tranter reviews 'The Good Turn' by Dervla McTiernan

The Good Turn

by Dervla McTiernan

HarperCollins, $32.99 pb, 400 pp

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