Review: The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

 


Title: The Good Turn (Cormac Reilly #3)

Author: Dervla McTiernan

Published: 24th February 2020, HarperCollins Au

Status: Read February 2020 courtesy HarperCollins/Netgalley

+++++++

My Thoughts:

One of the significant plot lines of the series so far is brought to a close in The Good Turn, the third book to feature Irish Garda Detective Cormac Reilly in Dervla McTiernan’s brilliant police procedural series, though not before Reilly nearly loses everything.

It begins when a young girl is abducted from a suburban street and Murphy’s refusal of resources to properly investigate leads Garda Peter Fisher to make a fatal error in judgement. As his supervising officer, Cormac is held responsible for Peter’s actions and suspended, while Peter, threatened with criminal charges, is banished to the small village station his estranged father runs on the Irish coast. Cormac is less worried about his own fate than restoring Peter’s reputation but it soon becomes clear the only way to do so is to take a stand against the corruption that infests not only his station, but the entire Galway police force.

McTiernan skilfully builds the tension as Cormac’s attempts to expose the conspiracy are repeatedly thwarted. A lesser man might simply walk away, as Emma, his girlfriend, encourages him to do, but Reilly simply can’t allow Murphy and his cronies to operate unchecked. The twists and turns of his struggle to bring his corrupt colleagues down, even when it seems inevitable that his twenty year career will end in ignominy, are thrilling.

Meanwhile Peter, resentful in exile, ignores his father’s advice to leave well enough alone when the details in a case of a double murder on the village outskirts don’t quite add up. I really enjoyed Peter’s character development as he is forced to make some difficult choices, and consider what type of police officer he wants to be.

McTiernan’s pacing of the concurrent story threads, of which there are several, is perfect, and the icy setting of a freezing Irish winter artfully reinforces the notion that both Cormac and Peter are ‘out in the cold’.

With it’s stellar characterisation, intricate plotting and vivid description, The Good Turn, like its predecessors, The Ruin and The Scholar, are a must read. I can’t wait for the next.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Murdoch
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 03:30:29

    I have read The Ruin, but not number 2 in this trilogy so I’d better get my act together and read The Scholar first!

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  2. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 11:53:18

    I haven’t started this series but it sounds pretty good! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Marg
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 12:08:39

    Really looking forward to reading this!

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  4. Jennifer
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 15:15:19

    I agree: a great series.

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  5. sydneyeditor1
    Mar 01, 2020 @ 21:25:46

    I enjoyed this thoroughly and forgot entirely it was tying up Storylines !

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