In the sixth of the Minogue series, the troubled son of an Irish-American tycoon is found bludgeoned to death in the trunk of a car at Dublin Airport.
There's more at stake here than bad publicity for Ireland's vital tourist industry. The victim's father is the highly influential Irish-American tycoon John Leyne.
A confusing account of the victim's itinerary suggests he's travelling with a woman, and staying in lodgings in remote towns and villages. That female companion may be Aoife Hartnett, an archaeologist from the National Museum - but she can't be found. The trail peters out near Irelan'd remote west coast.
A pattern to their travels emerges: the route takes in sites where Aoife Hartnett worked. Two of those sites have had thefts in the past five years. Is it a coincidence that one of John Leyne's passions in recent years has been the collection of antiquities?
Then, a body is found in a shallow grave near an historical excavation site. Travelling back to his ancestral homeland brought this man not the glory he hoped, but a brutal end.
'Magically, Brady's writing makes it dense and multi-layered… A treasure of a crime novel.' - Toronto Star
'Brady's sixth novel is his best. Melodic, densely plotted, taking us from the Stone Age to New Age, Brady has a great eye for detail. Save it to savour.' - Globe and Mail (Canada)
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.