Ed's style of investigating is very much the "prod something a bit and wait for the ripples to spread" methodology, but it's effective, partly because he's not too afraid to prod where others may not dare, and he's well aware of the circles in which he is moving. Loy's not standing still, and neither should readers - regardless of whether you're already a fan, or this will be a new encounter for you.
The earlier books in the series are: Ed Loy is a busy man. He finds himself keeping an eye on Patrick, the younger brother of a friend of his. The young man is a talented footballer with a promising future who seems to be falling under the influence of a very violent drug-dealer. It is up to Ed to try and find out what the footballer is up to and report on his findings.
This should be straightforward enough but soon after starting his inquiries Ed finds himself violently attacked by two men. And when those two men turn up dead the Ed Loy is a busy man. And that is only the start of it. Next thing he hears is that Patrick has been violently killed by persons unknown. In a separate case, Ed is hired by a woman who asks him to re-investigate the murder of her father 15 years ago.
With Dublin about the celebrate the official opening of a new bridge to celebrate the peace in Ireland, Loy finds himself up to his neck in violence, investigating two cases that have their origins in the heights of the troubles. This is a very violent yet well plotted and uncomfortably realistic mystery. In Ed Loy we meet an investigator prepared to do almost anything to solve his case.
Nobody is blameless and some have no redeeming qualities what-so-ever. The story is very well plotted. Story-lines that appear to be completely unconnected to each other eventually come together to make a coherent whole. And while in some books that coming together of story-lines infuriates me, it makes sense in this book set in Ireland which after all is a small country with only a few million people living in it.
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A country where connections run deep and are cultivated both in fiction and in real life. The narrator of this book did a great job giving all the various characters in the story their own voice. At all times it was perfectly clear whose point of view I was listening to and how that character was feeling. I will have to see if I can get my hands on more audio books in this series. Despite all the violence, this was one fascinating, thrilling and compulsive listening experience. Hoy immediately became one of my favorite male protagonists in the thriller genre. Hoy is a fallible man with a strong moral compass who has friends on both sides of the law.
Although he may not agree with the actions or the mindset of the criminal syndicates that were spawned from The Troubles, he has a deep understanding of the reasons for and against the IRA Catholic paramilitary group that w Many years ago, I was introduced to Ed Hoy in Declan Hughes' debut novel "The Wrong Color of Blood". Although he may not agree with the actions or the mindset of the criminal syndicates that were spawned from The Troubles, he has a deep understanding of the reasons for and against the IRA Catholic paramilitary group that waged war against the ruling Protestant British establishment for religious and socio-economic reasons; renowned for being one of the forerunners of domestic terrorism.
Hughes' Ed Hoy novels are set in modern day Ireland and America and superbly capture a sense of both locations. The older you become, the more you understand how little life is black and white, and Hoy navigates life intent on living as honorably as possible in the grey. In "All The Dead Voices", Hoy, a private detective, is working two separate cases that are linked by strands of violence resulting from the days of and just after The Troubles. Hoy is tasked by a daughter, Anne, with looking into the long ago murder of her father, Brian Fogarty, a tax collector who was investigating three known criminals at the time of his death, and whose wife was having an affair with the man convicted of his murder.
A conviction that was later overturned on appeal. A man whom the daughter, Anne, does not believe is guilty. In addition, Hoy is also looking into the murder of Paul Delaney, a rising football star who may have been dealing heroin for one of the three men that Fogarty was investigating at the time of his death. The initial request of Paul's two older half-brothers, Dessie and Liam, was for Hoy to check in with Paul and report back. Hoy has a history with Dessie Delaney - he saved his life by getting Dessie off drugs and getting him to go to Greece to live with Liam.
Paul was murdered on Hoy's watch or at least that's how Hoy views it. Because of the entrenchment of drug culture and related turf wars, both of these crimes involve similar players. The combination of historical facts and fictional storylines result in novels that are deeply enjoyable as well as informative. Jan 11, Andrew Mcq rated it liked it. I tried very hard to like this and there is a lot to like but on reflection even 3 stars is a bit generous, more like 2.
The positives first - Ed Loy is a credible, three dimensional central figure, with the right level of intrigue and worldly wisdom.
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There is some great dialogue, sense of place, and Hughes keeps the narrative strong without lapsing into cliched crime territory. But oh dear is the plot complicated! Most crime novels would expect to have a handfull of hard-edged, middle aged I tried very hard to like this and there is a lot to like but on reflection even 3 stars is a bit generous, more like 2.
Most crime novels would expect to have a handfull of hard-edged, middle aged characters - this book has well over a dozen, many of them unidentifiable from each other. I almost drew a diagram at one stage, to help me through the vastly overpopulated cast.
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Any chance of second-guessing the already complex plot twists was rendered impossible by an inability to sort everybody out. By the end, I was quite disinterested in finding out who had 'dunnit', which is disappointing. Declan Hughes undoubtedly has flair, and his linguistics are well matched to be successful in his genre. But I felt this book was crying out for some editorial objectivity. The positives would make me seek out his other books - but I will have them vetted first for the flaws that marred this for me.
Jun 30, Janebbooks rated it really liked it. Irish ghosts of a violent past This is an Irish crime novel written by a very Irish author. It's set in contemporary Dublin about the time the Celtic Tiger bears its fangs. It takes place over a couple weeks around Easter when all good Dubliners remember the heroes of the Easter uprising of , the violent confrontation at the General Post Office when Irish Republicans fought to oust the British from the land. But the dead voices in Hughes' book are not he Irish ghosts of a violent past But the dead voices in Hughes' book are not heroes, they are victims.
Ed Loy, Hughes' private investigator, has appeared in three other novels. He returned to Ireland after twenty years in America to bury his mother and stayed around. Several ex-IRA men and an Irish mobster are suspects in both murders. But in the background of the story is another incident that occurred in , other brutal unnecessary murders.
After you finish the book, you'll remember the dead voices of these victims. They will haunt you! Oct 15, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: The first title without "blood" in it and there was a lot of blood spilled in this one, including that of Ed Loy. I think this is the best of the four I've read so far.
Ed is hired by a woman to investigate the death of her dad back in She believes the wrong man has been sent to prison-he was later released. Never mind the man was having an affair with her mother. Of course Ed and her hook up. It's inevitable with Ed Loy.
Naturally the police focused on the family suspect instead of the de The first title without "blood" in it and there was a lot of blood spilled in this one, including that of Ed Loy. Naturally the police focused on the family suspect instead of the deceased's recent letters to several gangsters about their wealth-the deceased was with the tax commission.
Ed in this story doesn't interface much with his Garda contact nor does he use his good friend Tommy much. As Ed says, he is "a private detective. Stirring it up is what we do. Until I gets the one I think fits best". The truth, when he eventually finds it, is both shocking and mundane, a true reflection of life.
This is a tense, well-written thriller, which is very effective at conveying the undercurrent of danger to Ed's investigations. It weaves together the different threads of the story expertly, and every word counts. So, read and enjoy, but pay attention or you might miss something! Details of the author's other books with links to reviews can be found on the Books page. More European crime fiction reviews can be found on the Reviews page.
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