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Declan Hughes has spent twenty years working in the theater in Dublin as director and playwright and helping to run Ireland's leading independent theater company, Rough Magic.
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Ed Loy is the Dublin investigator par excellence and the city dominates Hughes’ books like Los Angeles does in Raymond Chandler. From crooked race courses to dark streets and the drunks by the Liffey, Loy’s adventures are atmospheric, fast-paced and gripping. ALL THE DEAD VOICES is the 4th in a fascinating series.
Ed Loy is the Dublin investigator par excellence and the city dominates Hughes’ books like Los Angeles does in Raymond Chandler. From crooked race courses to dark streets and the drunks by the Liffey, Loy’s adventures are atmospheric, fast-paced and gripping. ALL THE DEAD VOICES is the 4th in a fascinating series. Ed Loy series:1. The Wrong Kind of Blood2. The Colour of Blood3. The Dying Breed4. All the Dead Voices
A great new voice in the thriller genre, gripping and authentic and even when you get close to figuring out â€˜whoâ€™ you have to read to the end to understand â€˜whyâ€™. Ed Loy is the central character and we canâ€™t wait for the next in the series â€“ make sure you donâ€™t miss out.
When her husband and two daughters disappear, housewife Clare Taylor discovers that her ordinary domestic life has been built on a lie.About to turn forty, her youthful dreams of becoming an actress abandoned, there's no doubt in her mind that suburban wife and mother-of-two Clare Taylor has settled. A wild week in Chicago may have shaken things up a bit, but as she turns her key in her Madison, Wisconsin home on the eve of Hallowe'en, she knows that what happened with her ex was nothing more than a distraction, that this is where her life is. Except it's all gone. The furniture gone, the house stripped, her husband Danny, her daughters, all gone; no message; no note, nothing. Outside in the dark, searching for a sign, she steps in one: the eviscerated body of the family dog. By dawn next morning, her supposedly mortgage-free home has been foreclosed against, one of Danny's childhood friends lies dead in her backyard, and Clare is caught up in a nightmare that began with her husband on Hallowe'en night, 1976. A nightmare that reaches its terrifying climax thirty-five years later.
In LA there's a killer on the loose. He kills young and rootless girls and he always kills in threes. Back in Dublin, Ed Loy, happy in a new relationship, is reunited with Jack Donovan, a film director friend from LA with a turbulent personal history. When the third young female extra fails to show for work on Jack's movie, Loy begins to suspect Jack. And when the previous victims of the 'Three-in-One Killer' are discovered in LA at locations Jack used for his movies, Loy's suspicion hardens. He flies to LA to liaise with the LAPD on their investigation. He must find something in his and Jack's shared past that can point to the killer. But then, when he finally unearths the truth, it looks like it may be too late. Back in Dublin, the 'Three-in-One Killer' has broken his pattern, broken cover and struck at Ed Loy where he is most vulnerable. Time is not on Loy's side as he mounts a desperate fight to outwit a ruthless psychopath and save the last of the lost girls.
Ed Loy has made some changes. He has moved into an apartment in Dublin's city centre, leaving behind his family home: he wants to break free of the ghosts of his own past, to live in the teeming present. But if that's what he wants for his own life, it's not always what his clients will permit: the baggage they bring with him propel him relentlessly into past. The police are working along similar lines with their new Cold Case unit. Looking back over a fifteen-year-old murder, they are satisfied by their original findings - but not so Loy. He has been hired by the victim's daughter to investigate the suspects ignored by the first investigation: a rich property developer, an ex-IRA man and Loy's own nemesis, George Halligan. But Loy has to watch his back: in the murky world into which he has fallen, he can't tell which threats come from the IRA and which from the police protecting their old case. Can Loy persuade his longstanding friend DI Dave Donnelly to help solve the Fogarty case, or does he have to rely on the murderous George Halligan? Does it all go back to the IRA? Are the men who gave the commands now respectable citizens? In his toughest case yet, Ed Loy delves into the dirty side of life in the New Ireland, where progress comes at a price and no one is free of their past.
Even the best private eye needs more than a name to find a missing person, but that's all that Father Vincent Tyrrell, the brother of prominent racehorse trainer FX Tyrrell, will offer Loy when he comes to him for help. A dwindling bank account convinces Loy to delve into the deadly underworld of horse racing, but fortune soon smiles on him: while working another case, he discovers a phone number linked to FX on a badly beaten body left at an illegal dump. Loy's been around long enough to know that there's more to the Tyrrell family than meets the eye - and then a third body appears. At Christmastime, on the eve of one of Ireland's most anticipated racing events, the intrepid investigator bets his life on a longshot: finding answers in a shady network of trading and dealing, gambling and breeding.
'The night of my mother's funeral, Linda Dawson cried on my shoulder, put her tongue in my mouth and asked me to find her husband. Now she was lying dead on her living room floor, and the howl of a police siren echoed through the surrounding hills . . . ' Ed Loy hasn't been back to Dublin for twenty years. But his mother has died, and he has returned home to bury her. Loy soon realizes that the world waiting for him is very different from the one he left behind all those years ago. When an old school friend asks him to investigate the disappearance of her husband, Loy reluctantly agrees. And suddenly in this place where he grew up - among the Georgian houses, Victorian castles, and modern villas of Castlehill - Loy finds himself thrown into a world of organized crime, long-hidden secrets, corruption and murder.
A brand new play by an established young Irish writer We all have to work hard these days that's just the way it is. A new executive breed is emerging in a quarry on the outskirts of Dublin - where once there was a sense of history and socialism, the corporate moguls have enslaved the idealists and turned them into entrepreneurs. Whilst Marion is an ad exec on the make, Kevin is the house-husband with the baby and time to nurture his much-vaunted creative powers. But when the bottom falls out of the market for their dot-com neighbour Richard, an economic squall threatens to sink their fragile emotional prosperity. Declan Hughes has a keen eye for absurdity, a quirky sense of humour and a knack for making acrimony amusing while not underrating the seriousness of the issues. The Times Published to tie in with opening directed by Lynne Parker for Rough Magic at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin Praise for Declan Hughes' writing: savagely comic , compelling , darkly funny
One of the preeminent Irish playwrights of his generation, published on the Methuen list alongside great contemporary Irish playwrights such as Sebastian Barry and Tom Murphy Includes his widely acclaimed plays, Digging for Fire Savagely comic account of a disastrous, booze-fuelled college reunion (Daily Telegraph), New Morning This is one of those rare plays that really does have you on the edge of your seat, frantic to know what is going to happen next (Daily Telegraph), Halloween Night Declan Hughes's compelling darkly funny reunion drama...has supernatural overtones but a very human message (Evening Standard); Love in a Bottle (after George Farquhar) Hughes's dialogue drips with sexual juices...a raunchy treat (Time Out).Love in a Bottle and Digging for Fire won the Time Out Award in 1992
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