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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780751569339

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 19th September 2019

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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‘A truly fine police procedural’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘Utterly compelling’ JANE CASEY
‘A superbly paced, engaging read’ WOMAN’S WAY


When Detective Cormac Reilly‘s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run early one morning, he is first on the scene of a murder that would never have been assigned to him.

The investigation promises to be high profile and high pressure: the dead girl is carrying an ID, that of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, including the laboratory where Emma works.

As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to the lab and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but how well does he really know her? After all, this isn’t the first time Emma’s been accused of murder . . .


Praise for Dervla McTiernan:

‘Excellently written and, at times, heartcatchingly sad’ MARIAN KEYES

‘Dervla McTiernan is a future star of the genre’ CHRIS BROOKMYRE

‘Brilliantly crafted’ SUNDAY MIRROR

‘An exciting new voice in Irish noir’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘As moving as it is fast-paced’ VAL McDERMID

‘Absolutely brilliant. Wonderful characters, authentic setting, and a sublime, twisty plot’ IRISH EXAMINER

‘Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan’s expertly plotted, complex web of secrets’ KAREN DIONNE

‘Excellent . . . this one was a winner for me!’ ALEX GRAY

‘Loved every page . . . Cormac Reilly is a brilliant new character’ SAM BLAKE

‘Intelligent, compassionate and believable’ SINEAD CROWLEY


[THE RUIN] is a very fine novel . . . excellently written and, at times, heartcatchingly sad
Marian Keyes
Brilliantly crafted . . . incredibly real-feeling characters. [THE RUIN] is an absolute treat!
Sunday Mirror
A well-crafted police procedural, this is the second entry in a series which looks like taking its place in what is currently becoming something of a golden age for Irish crime writing
Morning Star
Instantly hauling the reader into its permanently charged atmosphere, THE RUIN is as convincing as it is multi-layered, as compelling as it is complex, and heralds the arrival of Dervla McTiernan as a future star of the genre
Chris Brooymyre
[THE RUIN] is a compelling story with beautifully drawn characters
Laura Marshall
[THE RUIN] is absolutely brilliant. Wonderful characters, authentic setting, and a sublime, twisty plot
Irish Examiner
An exciting new voice in Irish noir
Sunday Times (Crime Club)
Corruption, clandestine cover-ups and criminal conspiracy ... [THE RUIN] is as moving as it is fast-paced
Val McDermid
I can't wait to read the next one . . . a star crime writer is born!
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The Cormac Reilly Series