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The Last Crossing/Blood Ties

We are so excited here to be publishing Brian McGilloway’s marvellous and gripping Blood Ties in March; after an overlong break of ten years, Ben Devlin is back in a new thriller set in the borderlands between north and southern Ireland. We’re marking the event by reissuing the entire Ben Devlin backlist (and just read the reviews for that series!) and also publishing, for the first time in paperback, Brian’s absolutely devastating and truly special standalone thriller. And from having spoken with Brian about this, I know The Last Crossing is very close to his heart.

The Last Crossing is beautiful, brutal and heartbreaking. It tells the story of three childhood friends who are reunited thirty years later when they are summoned and asked to lay old ghosts to rest for the good of the future. And as they take a ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland, the past is brought into terrible focus once again.

If you want an understanding of recent Irish history and the lasting legacy of The Troubles, then everything you need to know is here. Ian Rankin called the book ‘poetic, human and gripping’ while Ann Cleeves simply called it, ‘an important book’. So do read this, from an author who is clearly at the top of his game.

Blood Ties is out later this month – and as it says on the jacket, Ben Devlin is back! And much anticipated as well – Brian’s peers have already given him marvellous reviews so now you can catch up with Ben Devlin too. And although the sixth in the series, because of the gap between this and the earlier books, Brian has written this as a standalone; you don’t need to know Devlin’s backstory to be gripped by this. So if you have not come across the Ben Devlin series before . . . be prepared to be blown away now!

Krystyna Green