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The Priest: A Novel

Now in paperback, a gripping story steeped in Ireland’s Catholic history—from the main riveting author to come back out of eire due to the fact that John Connolly.

Struggling to discover his toes again in eire after a long posting with Europol in Spain, drug professional Mike Mulcahy is plunged into unusual territory whilst the daughter of a international flesh presser suffers a bad intercourse assault. Dragged into the case opposed to his will, Mulcahy turns into confident there's a extra to it than a random, frenzied sexual attack, specially whilst he discovers that the weapon utilized by the attacker to “brand” his sufferer used to be a crucifix. yet his know-it-all colleagues and politically inspired bosses, longing for a brief, uncontroversial end result, forget about his trust that the assault had spiritual in addition to sexual motivations. Sidelined and overruled, Mulcahy units out on his personal parallel research. yet frustrations abound at each turn—until reporter Siobhan Fallon turns up asking awkward questions. As extra younger ladies are attacked, and attack turns to homicide, Mulcahy and Fallon are drawn deeper into an uneasy alliance, as every one step they take hurtles them ever in the direction of the massive killer recognized in simple terms because the Priest, and a last showdown that’s as explosive because it is unforgettable. 

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She in simple terms stated him as, quote, ‘a man,’ which means a stranger. Isn’t that correct, Inspector Mulcahy? ” Mulcahy regarded up, shocked to be consulted. “Uh, definite …” he stumbled, “you may perhaps say that. even supposing, from the little the sufferer used to be capable of supply us, it’s challenging to understand even if she obtained a formal examine him in any respect. something she did say was once ‘everything went dark,’ so possibly whatever used to be pulled over her head. besides, her entire emphasis used to be on how surprising and brutal the assault used to be. She gave no signal of understanding who her attacker was once. ” “Which would appear to rule out the fella she’d been snogging all night,” Cassidy went on, numerous heads bobbing in contract. “But no longer unavoidably. So we have to locate this man, pronto. ” “It can be a case of him no longer getting what he wanted,” one of many others interjected. “It may perhaps. ” Cassidy cleared his throat and pointed on the scientific folders back. “But anything to remember is that one of many first issues the medics acknowledged to us used to be that the victim’s burns weren’t the results of flames however the software to the surface of a flat, in all likelihood red-hot, steel floor, like a branding iron or whatever. ” there have been one or gasps as this piece of knowledge struck domestic. “Technical, evidently, need to come again to us on that, yet for the instant it’s beautiful transparent that this fella would’ve wanted a few form of gear with him to inflict a majority of these injuries—a blowtorch at least, and a steel bar, or no matter what, to warmth. no longer this sort of factor all people incorporates round with them within the wee hours. additionally he’d have wanted whatever to restrain the sufferer. There’s serious bruising at the girl’s wrists and ankles in keeping with being tied up or another way limited. most likely with cable ties or anything related. None of that's simply performed out within the open. And what concerning the screams? The girl’s accidents are of a severity not anyone might take quietly. but we’re informed there’re no visible symptoms that she was once gagged. So, pinning down the scene of the attack is key. Who is familiar with, might be Technical will locate whatever. the purpose is, this most likely wasn’t a random spot-and-drag-into-the-bushes activity. all of the symptoms are that the assault, if now not inevitably the sufferer, used to be rigorously deliberate prematurely. ” Brogan driven herself clear of the table and back took centre degree. “Thanks, Andy. So, men, except the CCTV pictures and the fellow she left the membership with, a house-to-house at the Kilmacud street needs to be our different vast precedence for this day. An assault as violent as this … somebody’s obtained to have visible or heard anything. Donagh, you could organise that with the aid of our colleagues the following from Dundrum. The station sergeant over there’s stated we will have a few additional uniforms for this day and the next day to boot, so utilize them. And consider: Don’t supply out any info, specifically concerning the girl’s nationality. A ‘vicious attack on a tender woman,’ that’s all we name it. ok? Any questions? ” She evidently wasn’t watching for any, so it used to be with a glance of strained endurance that she pointed to 1 of the younger uniformed guards, a thin, carrot-haired lad of slightly two decades, who’d raised a hand.

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