It's a mystery thriller all about Catholicism, the Irish, and an Irish New York cop. Probably good, if you like those intense topics. Well-written.
Rather a bizarre little story. Not one of my faves. Interesting, though. Conspiracy theories from Ireland with US connections.
Detective Neil Hockaday, hero of New York's elite S.C.U.M. (Street Crimes Unit-Manhattan) patrol, has a single clue to the father he never knew, an Irish soldier who vanished in WWII-a photograph with an unfamiliar verse of poetry on the back. After a fine Saturday spent over too many drinks with Davy Mogaill, he is no further enlightened. And Father Tim Kelly offers no answers-only a strange medallion he presses into Hock's hand, without explanation, before Hock and his beautiful leading lady, actress Ruby Flagg, board a jet to Ireland, summoned to visit Hock's dying Uncle Liam...and perhaps to learn more about his own father.
Hardly have they set foot on Irish soil when they're witnesses to a brutal murder. Hock's hostile questioning by the Dublin police is soon followed by news from New York of Father Tim's shocking death and Davy Mogaill's disappearance. Suspcious minds are now linking Hock to crimes on both sides of the water. But at his Uncle Liam's opulant home in Dun Laoghaire, Hock discovers the first of many surprises-and edges closer to his father's dangerous secrets.