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Second Burial by Andrew Nugent


Second Burial by Andrew Nugent

Sergeant Molly Power of the Irish Police Force Murder Squad is on duty when the call comes in. A young African man, Shad, has been attacked and left for dead on the Dublin Mountains. He crawls to the nearest house and raises the alarm, but he dies later in hospital. Shad's injuries are strange and deeply disturbing. Was he the victim of a racist attack, sadism, a punishment, or some mysterious sacrificial ritual? Inspector Quilligan and Molly Power launch a murder investigation - it is like none they have ever experienced before. Shad's younger brother, Jude, is grief-stricken and mystified by his brother's cruel death. He swears a solemn oath to find his brother's killer, but the more he uncovers about Shad's life and relationships outside their Nigerian community, the more he realises how dangerous and twisted some people can be.... In this compelling and moving story of callous murder and a brother's loss, Andrew Nugent brilliantly depicts the cultural diversity of Dublin and with wit and charm reveals the strength of faith and community when confronted with naked ruthlessness.


'A fast-paced thriller ... Highly recommended.' * Irish Mail on Sunday * 'An erudite, witty and altogether delightful debut, full of characters laced with eccentricity and Irish charm' * Kirkus Reviews (starred) * 'It would take an iron will not to find oneself swept along by the pace at which the story is told' * The Irish Times * 'The author, a former lawyer who is now a Benedictine monk, has an elegant, witty style... and entertaining story with nice touches of humour' * Sunday Telegraph * 'Carries the reader along from its start right to the surprising and shocking denouement' * Irish Independent * 'A rip-roaring read' * Irish Examiner * Praise for Andrew Nugent * *** *'

About the Author

Andrew Nugent lives in Ireland and is a former practising trial lawyer who now, as a monk of the order of St. Benedict, is Prior at Glenstal Abbey, a boys' school in Limerick. He worked for some years in a monastry in Nigeria, West Africa and has spent time in Israel, Chicago and New York. He is the author of a non-fiction work The Slow-Release Miracle. Second Burial is his second novel.

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Publication date

2nd August 2007


Andrew Nugent

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Hachette Books Ireland


384 pages


Crime & mystery



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