(The Tadhg Sullivan Series, book 2)
Author Daithi Kavanaugh introduces us to his second volume in the Tadhg Sullivan series The Brotherhood:
Detective Tadhg Sullivan’s life seems to be falling apart, since being shifted to Clare from Dublin after falling out with the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner. His partner (Journalist Helen Carty) has moved out, unable to live with his bouts of depression and periodic alcoholism. He finds himself once again alone in a world that doesn’t understand him.
Suddenly Sullivan is knocked out of his lethargy when a teenage girl goes missing not far from Ennis where he has been stationed. Sullivan is asked to lead the hunt by the local Superintendent and is catapulted into a world of unimaginable horror. He is confronted by Lord Charles Cromwell the leader of a sadistic cult (The Brotherhood) that derives its pleasures from the torture and murder of young women.
Sullivan’s investigation is once again hampered by political interference. As he fights his way through one bureaucratic obstacle after another he discovers that The Brotherhood’s tentacles have not only reached into corridors of power in Ireland but, they are being protected by powerful politicians worldwide.
To cut through this protective ring of steel Sullivan finds himself having to engage with some strange bed fellows. Which included an ex CIA agent (Simon Horowitz) who had saved his partners life during his last investigation and an IRA leader (Rory O’Connor) who has recently been released from prison.
Will this strange combination be able to destroy The Brotherhood before their murderous reign takes another young life or will Lord Cromwell destroy Sullivan and everything he loves?
This story is quite good, I enjoyed reading it. I like Daithi’s writing, he has a good balance between action, dialogue, and narration. The pacing is perfect and there were several nice plot twists. No spoilers from me here. His characters are very believable and easy to relate to. His lack of graphic details adds to the suspense, another thing I like. There is nothing better than theater of the mind!
Daithi is creating a really good series with this second volume. I am happy to report this is not the last in the series also. Volume 3 is in the works!
Whether you like police procedurals or not you will like this book, because the focus is on the people and relationships. He almost kills himself trying to do the right thing!
I give The Brotherhood a score of 4.6 stars, the score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.
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Murder, mystery, conspiracy, spies, politics, thriller, Ireland, IRA, action, CIA