THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD by Declan Hughes: LA private eye Edward Loy has returned to his boyhood home of Dublin for his mothers funeral. On the way home from the service a friend asks him to find her missing husband leading to bodies, danger, and a fearsome organized crime gang. Loy is hampered by the fact that the Dublin he grew up in no longer the Dublin of today. To be released 3/06, should please fans of Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos as it did me.
Ed Loy has been working as a private detective in the US, but the death of his father brings him home to Ireland. While there, an old acquaintance hires him to look into the disappearance of her husband. As Loy's investigation continues, the body count increases and it becomes clear that the death of his father and the disappearance of his friend's husband are linked.
Parts of this book are very appealing: it has a great opening line, and some of the descriptions of Ireland are wonderful. However, I found this book confusing to read because there are a lot of characters; IMHO an excessive amount. I had to make a list of each character's name and a brief summary of his or her relationships to the others. Reading this book was a lot of work! I would recommend this book to people with an interest in Ireland and crime fiction, but not to the casual reader.
I remain neutral on this--it moves very slow and too many names and characters, takes forever to get through each page because of too much description, story would've been better written in a different format.
Renee R. reviewed The Wrong Kind of Blood : An Irish Novel of Betrayal on
Pretty good; writing not horrible as in some mysteries. Looks like it will be one of those series that will improve as the writer becomes more practiced with novel writing (Mr. Hughes began as a playwright.)