‘You can’t investigate the baby, Inspector. It’s the law.’ Declan Cleary’s body has never been found, but everyone believes he was killed for informing on a friend over thirty years ago. Now the Commission for Location of Victims’ Remains is following a tip-off that he was buried on the small isle of Islandmore, in the middle of the River Foyle. Instead, the dig uncovers a baby’s skeleton, and it doesn’t look like death by natural causes. But evidence revealed by the Commission’s activities cannot lead to prosecution. Inspector Devlin is torn. He has no desire to resurrect the violent divisions of the recent past. Neither can he let a suspected murderer go unpunished. Now the secret is out, more deaths follow. Devlin must trust his conscience – even when that puts those closest to him at terrible risk . . .
In The Nameless Dead, Brian McGilloway weaves a moving, beautifully written story of lost parental hopes and the still angry wounds of political strife.
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Northern Ireland s bloody history adds gritty reality to the fifth in the popular series featuring the all-too-human Inspector Devlin
Told with McGilloway s customary quiet authority, The Nameless Dead fully deserves its Rankinsesque title, confirming the author s reputation as a thoughtful, intelligent crime novelist... The Nameless Dead is as good a novel of modern Ireland as you re likely to read this year, crime or otherwise.