The body on the beach was that of a young man. he had been shot in the head at close range. Professionally.
In the third of the Inspector Minogue series, a body washed up on a beach is the son of a prominent Irish family - but there is a catch: 'He's one of our own all right, but a Jew nonetheless.'
Paul Fine was the son of a prominent judge whose family had lived in Dublin for generations and who had played a key role in the city's small, complex Jewish community. The evidence seems to point to a Palestinian-linked organization, but dogged and fascinating detective work, and an unexpected second murder, lead the Murder Squad in a wholly new direction.
Minogue has uncovered an extremist Catholic sect, one which has political ambitions and, just as ominous, police and government connections. As he unravels the enigma of these murders, Minogue finds himself understanding something of the Jews of Dublin, people who feel bound to Ireland and yet remain outsiders.
'Matt Minogue, the magnetic centre of this superb series... and Brady's tone of battered lyricism are the music which keep drawing us back to this haunting series.' - 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.