THE BOOKS

 

Disappeared

 

DISAPPEARED introduces Celcius Daly, a Belfast Police Inspector laden with flawed judgment and misplaced loyalties.

A retired detective vanishes... The wanderings of a man succumbing to dementia, or something more sinister?

An ex-intelligence officer is tortured to death... But why was his obituary printed in the local paper before he died?

A son seeks his father's long-lost grave... And vengeance for his murder.

A stone-cold killer stalks the outskirts of Belfast... At whose behest is he hunting his targets?

Betrayal, secrets, lies... As Inspector Celcius Daly will discover, in Northern Ireland the past is never dead.

Border Angels

 

A charred corpse and a set of footprints in the snow lead Celcius Daly into the twilight world of people trafficking. Inspector Celcius Daly is hunting for a missing woman, Lena Novak, who mysteriously disappeared one winter's night along the Irish border, leaving in her wake the corpses of two men.

Daly finds himself hooked together with a prostitute and a hit man in a life-or-death chase. His investigation leads them deep into border country, a wild terrain of disappearing lanes and blown-up bridges, abandoned ghost-estates and thick forests - the ultimate refuge for anyone who does not want to be found.

 

The Blood Dimmed Tide

 

London at the dawn of 1918 and Ireland's most famous literary figure, WB Yeats, is immersed in supernatural investigations at his Bloomsbury rooms. Haunted by the restless spirit of an Irish girl whose body is mysteriously washed ashore in a coffin, Yeats undertakes a perilous journey back to Ireland with his apprentice ghost-catcher Charles Adams to piece together the killer's identity. Surrounded by spies, occultists and diehard female rebels, the two are led on a gripping journey along Ireland's wild Atlantic coast.

 

Blind Arrows

 

Dublin 1919. A city at war with itself. The mysterious and seductive Lily Merrin, secretary at Dublin Castle, is on a mission but whose side is she on and what is compelling her to consider the ultimate sacrifice? Charismatic Irish revolutionary leader, Michael Collins burns with a vision for his country, but others are plotting his downfall. And now Martin Kant, an English journalist, enters the arena. A serial killer is at large and Lily is in mortal peril. Kant must struggle to rescue not only Lily, but his own soul.

 

Silence
 

A bizarre road accident propels Celcius Daly into an investigation that will reveal the truth about his mother's death thirty years ago.

Father Aloysius Walsh spent the last years of his life painstakingly collecting evidence of murder: a year-long killing spree of unparalleled savagery that blighted Ireland's borderlands at the end of the 1970s. Pinned to his bedroom wall, a macabre map charts the grim territory of death: victims, weapons, wounds, dates - and somehow, amid the forest of pins and notes, he had discerned a pattern...

So why did Father Walsh deliberately drive through a cordon of policemen and off the road to his death? Why, when Inspector Celcius Daly arrives at the scene, does he find Special Branch already there? And why is his mother's name on the priest's map?

The past poisons the present and Daly's life will never be the same again.

 

Trespass
An Irish Independent Top Crime Thriller of the Year
 

The abduction of a child entangles Celcius Daly in a forty-year-old quest for justice.

Inspector Celcius Daly is leading the search for a ten-year-old boy, abducted in broad daylight from the car park outside Armagh Courthouse. His investigation leads to a notorious group of travellers long suspected of smuggling and organised crime. Digging deeper, Daly discovers some harrowing truths about their past treatment and unearths a family secret linked to an unsolved crime during the Troubles – the disappearance of a young traveller woman and her baby.

Under investigation by Internal Affairs, hounded by Special Branch, ostracised by his colleagues, Daly realises just how much he has in common with the outcast travellers. But dare he risk becoming entangled in a vigilante vendetta? Just how far will this group of outsiders go to find their own justice?

Undertow 

A policeman's death leads Inspector Celcius Daly across the Irish border and into a labyrinth of lies and corruption.

Daly is in Dreesh, a desolate village where law and order have ground to a halt, and whose residents, ruined by a chain of bankruptcies, have fallen under the spell of a malevolent crime boss with powerful connections. Out of his jurisdiction and out of his comfort zone, Daly is plunged into a shadowy border world of desperate informers, drunken ex-cops, freelance intelligence agents and violent smugglers.

Kept deliberately in the dark by police forces on both sides of the border, Daly's dogged investigation will spark an outbreak of murderous violence as the truth begins to emerge from the shadows.

'Finely honed though the plotting is, Quinn's greatest skill is the evocation of the landscape of his country matched with an astringent examination of betrayal and schism, inextricably linked with the Ireland of the Troubles' Financial Times.

'A powerful tale stained with the darkest of noir, Undertow is a powerful tale of a generation manipulated, betrayed and ultimately abandoned by the powers-that-be' Irish Times.

'Anyone who is fed up with journalistic generalisations about the Irish border and what it represents should read the Inspector Celsius Daly series ... Its ambiguous answers to many of the moral questions it raises seem appropriate in a book dealing with the consequences of living on an island divided in two' Sunday Telegraph.
 

 

The Listeners 
A new crime series set in the brooding landscape of the Scottish borders from the author of the Celcius Daly series.

 

Not long out of the fast-track training course at Edinburgh's police college, Detective Sergeant Carla Herron is about to be tested to breaking point.

She's been called to Deepwell psychiatric hospital in the Scottish borders to interview a patient who has confessed to the murder of one of the hospital's psychotherapists. The confession is vividly detailed, but for a man locked in a secure ward and under 24-hour surveillance, it is also utterly impossible.

So why can't the supposedly murdered psychotherapist be contacted? Why are the hospital staff so secretive, so difficult to work with? Why have other Deepwell patients made disturbingly similar confessions over the past year? Against the advice of her superiors, Carla delves deeper into the hospital's past and is plunged into a labyrinth of jealousies, lies and hallucinations.

Struggling to separate fact from fantasy, Carla embarks on a chilling trail through the bleak uplands and dark forests of the Scottish borders, every step taking her closer to a final – deadly – reckoning.

'Superbly original' SUNDAY EXPRESS.

'Carefully wrought, often lyrical prose, always rich with foreboding' BOOKLIST.

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