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Gallows Lane (Inspector Devlin Mystery Series) [Kindle Edition]

Brian McGilloway
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Praise for Gallows Lane

"McGilloway is a major force in crime writing, and Inspector Ben Devlin is that rare creature: a detective who is not violent or tortured, but who is intensely, movingly human, and it is his humanity and decency that grip the reader and give these novels a searing honesty. The Devlin books are set to become one of the great series in modern crime fiction.” —John Connolly, author of The Unquiet

“This outstanding follow-up to McGilloway’s spectacular debut (Borderlands, 2008) confirms the Irish writer’s place on the A-list of European procedural authors….This fast-paced novel effectively portrays life along the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The mystery element itself is satisfyingly complex, and McGilloway peoples the story with realistic and fully fleshed characters.” –Booklist (starred review)

“Old guilt and new sins create a tangled puzzle in McGilloway's outstanding second Inspector Devlin mystery. Readers will be gripped as they watch this driven Irish detective seek his place in the moral landscape.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Refreshing in its outlook, this procedural showcases a rising star in full command of his craft. Strongly recommended, especially for readers of Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus mysteries.” –Library Journal

“McGilloway has created a truly human and original police officer, flawed, maverick, and vulnerable, and a clever web of intrigue that deepens—and darkens—as it twists.” —Peter James, bestselling author of Dead Man’s Footsteps

“Devlin, best of fathers and least politic of coppers, is a helluva hero elbowing his way through a gritty plot.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Brian McGilloway's Borderlands was one of last year's most impressive debuts. Does Gallows Lane pass the feared 'second novel' test? Easily.” –The Times (UK)

“McGilloway, with his lovingly rendered landscapes and all-to-fallible detective, continues to investigate invisible demarcations of power, ancient lines of conflict and the shadowlands of the human psyche.” –Guardian (UK)

“McGilloway's second Devlin mystery gathers pace and tension. Planted evidence, death threats and a bruising rivalry for promotion bring on panic attacks in Devlin as he struggles to bring his flawed police work to a just conclusion.” –Financial Times (UK)


Taking its title from the name of the road down which condemned Donegal criminals were once led, Gallows Lane follows Inspector Benedict Devlin as he investigates a series of gruesome murders in and around the Irish borderlands. When a young woman is found beaten to death on a building site, in what appears to be a sexually-motivated killing, Devlin’s enquiries soon point to a local body-builder and steroid addict. But days later, born-again ex-con James Kerr is found nailed to a tree – crucified – having been released from prison and returned to his hometown to spread the word of God.Increasingly torn between his young family and his job, Devlin is determined to apprehend those responsible for the murders be-fore they strike again, even as the carnage begins to jeopardise those he cares about most.Gallows Lane is the heart-stopping follow-up to Brian McGilloway's acclaimed debut Borderlands.'Brian McGilloway joins the roll-call of excellence in Irish crime fiction' Marcel Berlins, The Times 'A satisfying mystery with an attractive central character' Sunday Telegraph 'Another masterly thriller' Irish News


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 446 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 341 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0312384327
  • Verlag: Pan (12. November 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003GWX83K
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen grandiose Krimireihe 4. Juli 2009
Von taciturus
Nachdem ich vom ersten Band dieser Reihe begeistert war, waren die Erwartungen an die Fortsetzung bei mir sehr hoch. Diese wurden aber zum Glück sogar weit übertroffen. Brian McGilloway gelingt auch mit seinem zweiten Krimi ein erfrischender, spannender Roman, der klug aufgebaut ist und auch abseits des Falls einiges zu bieten hat.
Schwerpunkt ist aber natürlich der Fall. Und hier liegt auch schon einer der Hauptgründe, warum ich derart begeistert bin. Eine unverbrauchte Handlung, die so nur an diesem Schauplatz geschehen kann: im Grenzgebiet zwischen Irland und Nordirland. Deren Kern, aber sehrwohl überall spielen könnte. Vorangetrieben wird die Handlung in erster Linie durch die Ermittlungsarbeit, obwohl das Ausgangsverbrechen nicht das einzige bleibt. Diese Haupthandlung verknüpft McGilloway geschickt mit dem Privatleben seiner Protagonisten. Läßt sie überlegen, welche Folgen ihre Handlungen für sich und andere haben, läßt sie auch an moralischen Fragen knappern, gleich wie an Konkurrenzkämpfen. Klug baut McGilloway dabei den Charakter von Benedict Devlin aus und greift auch alte Fäden wieder auf.
Dabei wird aus Devlin kein Abziehbild bekannter Ermittlerschablonen, sondern ein eigenständiger Ermittler mit Ecken und Kanten.
Ich freue mich bereits sehr auf den dritten erschienen Krimi mit Devlin Bleed a River Deep". Für den deutschen Buchmarkt ist derzeit keine Übersetzung von Teil 2 in Sicht. Teil 1 erschien 2007 im DuMont-Verlag als Hardcover.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good read 22. Oktober 2013
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Good light reading to take on vacation, but not so exciting to keep you up all night. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Irische Krimireihe Band 2 ganau so gut wie Band 1 10. September 2013
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Das Buch ist aus denselben Gründen gut wie das erste: gute Geschichte, nachvollziehbare Figuren und interessante Einblicke in das Leben im heutigen Irland. Empfehlenswert!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr gute Krimiliteratur 3. November 2013
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Leider noch nicht gelesen, aber ist sicher wieder gut und spannend. Freue mich schon darauf und hoffe Brian schreibt weiterhin.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gallows Lane 1. Januar 2010
Von Gloria Feit - Veröffentlicht auf
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This novel is the second in a new series featuring Benedict ["Ben"] Devlin, an Inspector in the Guards, or An Garda, in Lifford, Donegal, Ireland. [The title derives from the name of the street along which, centuries ago, the condemned were led en route to their death.] As the book opens, Devlin meets with a man from the North country, James Kerr, just released after 8 years of incarceration, his mandate being to make sure Kerr crosses back over the border to his home territory, thereby ensuring no further criminal activity by him on Devlin's patch. But Kerr, it seems, has lately found God, and first needs to complete a 'mission' in keeping with that spiritual awakening.

A more challenging job soon awaits Devlin, as the body of a young girl is discovered, savagely beaten to death. When that murder is followed by the severe beating of another girl, this one only sixteen years old, the investigation intensifies. The only problem is that no one can come up with anything more than a vague description of the man responsible.

Complicating things somewhat is the fact that Devlin's boss, Supt. Olly ["Elvis"] Costello, is about to retire, and there is an impending promotion within the ranks. Devlin is urged to put his name up as an applicant, causing some political infighting among his colleagues.

Devlin is a man of principle, something that creates problems for him, as he soon has reason to question whether that same standard, and his "need to prove himself right, regardless of the cost," will bring lethal harm to him or his loved ones. He is a happily married man [when his devotion to his job and those aforementioned principles are not causing marital strife] with an infant son, a seven-year-old daughter, and a one-eared basset hound named Frank.

The novel is intricately plotted, with the last and crucial piece of the puzzle not falling into place until the last pages. It is wonderfully well-written, putting this writer among others such as Ken Bruen, Declan Hughes and Stuart Neville in evoking the Ireland of today where, as the author notes, "the only person less trusted than an Englishman who opposes the Irish is an Englishman who supports them." Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen super Irish police procedural 3. Oktober 2009
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf
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Superintendent Costello directs Garda Detective Inspector Benedict Devlin to warn convict James Kerr as he leaves Maghaberry Prison to not settle in Lifford. Kerr refuses to speak with Devlin insisting he only is coming to town to forgive his former partner Peter Webb, who with others betrayed him during the Castlederg robbery that sent James to prison.

Soon afterward, someone kills Webb whose wife was with her lover Decko O'Kane at the time of the homicide. Kerr was allegedly seen nearby, but Devlin thinks the case is too obvious. He is proven right when Kerri is crucified followed by the murder of Decko. Devlin believes the robbery is the link between the deaths; if he can solve that he can solve the serial killing of those who were involved. The DI has other cases to work too that prove pressure laden to resolve.

Inspector Devlin in his second whodunit (see BORDERLANDS) makes this Irish police procedural so good even when he struggles with anxiety and panic attacks while his spouse and his long time partner Carline Williams beg him to back away from this case that is mentally crippling him. However, the DI cannot; instead he feels compelled to work even harder at this and other cases. Readers will feel root for the hero as he tries to keep his ethical compass steady in spite of the trouble he faces doing it.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Hence the venue, Deep Throat 24. Mai 2013
Von Craobh Rua - Veröffentlicht auf
Brian McGilloway was born in Derry in 1974. He studied English at Queens University Belfast, and is now Head of English at St. Columb's College, Derry.(St Columb's has two Nobel Laureate's amongst its alumni - John Hume and Seamus Heaney). Borderlands was his debut novel and was first published in 2007. It was shortlisted for that year's CWA New Blood Dagger Award.

"Gallows Lane" is the second book to feature Benedict Devlin, an Inspector with An Garda Siochana. He's based in his hometown of Lifford in County Donegal, which is located right on the border with Northern Ireland. Although only a few minutes away on foot, the neighbouring town of Strabane is on the other side of the border - where the laws are enforced by the PSNI. Crime being what it is, though, sometimes the two police forces have to work together - Jim Hendry, an Inspector with PSNI, proves a very useful contact.

A few years have now passed since the events of "Borderlands", though the events of that book have finally taken their toll on Costello, Ben's boss. At the book's beginning, he announces his retirement and encourages Ben to go for promotion - though Ben himself isn't too sure he wants it. Another Inspector based in Lifford, Harry Patterson, is a different matter entirely. Despite applying more than once, Patterson was never accepted into the detective branch; as a result, things had been difficult between when Ben was first appointed to the station. Patterson is very keen to make it to Superintendent; the fact that he's recently found his second drugs and arms cache in two months will only work in his favour. The stash had been found on Gallows Lane, on property belonging to an Englishman called Peter Webb. Nobody seriously suspects Webb had anything to do with it; most likely it'll be written off as an old IRA arms-dump. (Ben quietly suspects the cache was actually planted there by Patterson himself, in an attempt to make himself look good when he found it).

Early in the book, Ben's been asked to keep an eye on one James Kerr - a native of Lifford who's recently been released from prison in the North. Kerr was released early, after allegedly finding Jesus on the inside - but Costello would rather he stayed stay north of the border. He's therefore asked Ben to encourage Kerr to make that decision. When Kerr finally arrives in town, he promises Ben he'll cause no trouble, and will be gone as soon as he's spoken to someone. For some reason, Ben's willing to give him the benefit of the doubt - though, when the body of a teenage girl is found on a building site, Ben has a little more to do than just follow Kerr around.

Another very strong book from McGilloway; in fact, the two best police procedurals I've read this year have both been written by him. Ben is one of the more believable characters I've encountered - a likeable guy, who means well and tries to do the right thing - but sometimes, with the very best of intentions, he'll stray off the straight and narrow. A very good book, and definitely recommended.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great series! 21. November 2009
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This is the second book in a new police procedural series by Irish crime writer Brian McGilloway. The series features An Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin - a policeman in the borderlands between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The first book in the series was Borderlands and it was a decent first outing. Sometimes the second book lags behind the first, but that is not the case with this one. If anything, Gallows Lane is a better book.

This books contains hidden evidence, death threats, and an unexpected rivalry as Devlin works to solve some intertwined murders and to work out for himself whether he wants a promotion to Superintendent. The crime writing is smart and effective and the characterizations deepen (as does the sense of place). This is a book about struggle of all kinds and about the sometimes sad consequences of struggle. Ben Devlin's an interesting character and I look forward to getting to know him better as the series progresses.

My one criticism of these books is that while it's refreshing to see a cop who is a happily married father, Devlin's wife and kids get sort of short shrift as characters. I'd like to see them developed more and made an actual part of his life rather than incidental moments.

All told this was a great whodunit. Can't wait for the next one!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good, bad, north, south 20. Februar 2010
Von Linda Pagliuco - Veröffentlicht auf
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Ben Devlin is a good copper, in the best sense. He's also a devoted husband and father, and, in Gallows Lane, he struggles to reconcile his two chief roles in life. To complicate matters, he lives in the "borderlands", where Northern Ireland and the Republic bump right into each other.

Ben's trying to be fair to a newly released ex-con, whom he's been assigned to shoo up to the north, when a murder occurs on his turf, at a housing development that's being raised on land that's seen its fair share of history. It doesn't take long for things to get very messy indeed, and before he knows which end is up, Ben's family's being threatened by some very tough characters.

Gallows Lane is an intelligent mystery that bumps right into the complications of modern life and modern policing. Devlin is one of the good guys, and reading his cases is a real treat. Well done, author McGilloway.
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