A harmless English ex-pat retiree is strangled in his rural cottage.
In this second of the Inspector Minogue series, Arthur Combs is found murdered, the life choked out of him by a rope around his neck and a knee between his shoulder-blades. The method is obvious, but the motive is far less evident.
As an English expatriate retiree in Dublin, the decrepit seventy-three year old Combs lived a solitary existence with few friends, but no enemies.
Or so it seems when Sergeant Minogue is assigned to the case. As the investigation gathers momentum, however, it is soon clear that this 'terrible ordinary man' is of extraordinary importance to British Intelligence. London's MI5 Security Service is terrified about secrets Combs knew and threatened to reveal, secrets that could spark a major scandal and derail top-level talks between Britain and Ireland.
When MI5 tries to put a lid on the Combs affair, they underestimate the tenacity of the unorthodox Minogue. Even if it means going up against the Prime Minister, Minogue is determined to discover what Britain's spy masters are doing in Dublin.
'Dublin's answer to Maigret - a handsomely written, dark journey into Irish politics. Brady is a master of the telling detail.' - Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)
'A non-generic political novel rich in substance and raw with pain.' - New York Times
A native of Dublin, John divides his time between Ireland and Canada, where he and his wife Hanna raise their family. Growing up in Ireland with a mother from the west of Ireland and a father from Dublin, home was where imagination and character were close to the core of life. Everyone had a story, a song, a joke.
John continues to follow the lure of travel. rambling in Ireland's Burren or Dublin's streets, or hill-walking in southern Austria. Trained as a teacher, John still goes by the axiom that only that which is useless or can't be taught, is irresistible.