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Critical Acclaim for Gallows Lane

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'McGilloway's Borderlands was one of last years most impressive debuts. Does Gallows Lane pass the feared second-novel test? Easily.' The Times

'McGilloway skilfully handles the tangled threads of a conspiracy surrounding an old crime, to make a satisfying mystery with an attractive central character.' Sunday Telegraph

'Gallows Lane shows just how mature the Irish crime thriller has become... A cracking thriller and an interesting social document... not just because of the twisting storyline, well drawn characters and fluid dialogue, but also because of the authenticity of the themes.' Sunday Business Post

'Sure to cement his position as one of the top crime writers around... McGilloway has been described as the new Ian Rankin and with very good reason.An accomplished dramatic, well-paced novel that will have you gripped from the very start.' Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

'McGilloway manages to keep you interested and guessing until the very last page. What also sets this apart is the way he manages to instill even some of the most minor characters with a humanity and interest not always apparent in the crime thriller genre.' Newham Recorder

'Among the very accomplished group of new Irish crime writers, McGilloway ranks very high in his ability to evoke a particular milieu, to populate it with interesting and believable characters and to structure his stories around meaningful (if sometimes horrifying) metaphors.' International Noir Fiction

'A seductive, compelling combination: impeccable characterisation, beautiful writing and a first class narrative. Borderlands is a terrific book, Gallows Lane an even stronger sequel.' Material Witness

'Driven by real human motivations, doubts and desires, Gallows Lane is a very rewarding read.' The Irish Mail on Sunday

'McGilloway has followed up his acclaimed crime fiction debut with another masterly thriller.' Irish News

'A stunning second novel... taut and fast paced. McGilloway has written another compelling book here with no cliches or easy answers.' Verbal Magazine

'A ripping yarn that scorches its way through an early summer heatwave... McGilloway is carving out a thrilling crime fiction franchise... and this second offering does not disappoint.' Tyrone Herald

'McGilloway's second Devlin mystery gathers pace and tension.. as [Devlin] struggles to bring his flawed police work to a just conclusion.' Financial Times

'In addition to potboiler thrills, [McGilloway] also offers a subtle critique of life in the North today' Hot Press Magazine

'Atmospheric, intriguing and sinister,' Big Issue in the North

'A superb example of why crime fiction is not just important, but essential.' Crime Always Pays

'A absorbing, satisfying book that delivers on all its plot promises, provides a strong sense of humanity and leaves the reader looking forward to more.' EuroCrime

'McGilloway's story-telling is razor-sharp and the description and atmosphere is outstanding. Thoughtful and taut storytelling with an edgy tone beneath the rural setting.' Reviewing the Evidence

'A series not to be missed. Gallows Lane [is] much more of an novel than you think you might receive. Don't miss this whatever you do.' It's A Crime

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Brian McGilloway is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Inspector Benedict Devlin and DS Lucy Black series. He was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. After studying English at Queen’s University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb’s College in Derry, where he was Head of English. 

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