The Wrong Kind of Blood
An Irish Novel of Suspense
By Declan Hughes
(Harper, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060825478, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 2007
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After twenty years in Los Angeles, Ed Loy has come home to bury his mother. But hers is only the first dead body he encounters after crossing an ocean.
The city Loy once knew is an unrecognizable place, filled with gangsters, seducers, hucksters, and crazies, each with a scheme and an angle. But he can't refuse the sexy former schoolmate who asks him to find her missing husband—or the old pal-turned-small time criminal who shows up on Loy's doorstep with a hard-luck story and a recently fired gun. Suddenly, a tragic homecoming could prove fatal for the grieving investigator, as an unexplained photograph of his long-vanished father, a murky property deal, and a corpse discovered in the foundations of town hall combine to turn a curious case into a dark obsession—dragging Ed Loy into a violent underworld of drugs, extortion, and murder . . . and through his own haunted past where the dead will never rest.
An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Declan Hughes is cofounder and former artistic director of Rough Magic Theatre Company. He was Writer-in-Association with the Abbey Theatre and lives in Dublin with his wife and two daughters.
“Distinctive, witty, violent and moving...Irish crime fiction has come of age.”
“Declan Hughes breathes new life into the private eye story...[an] artful thrill ride of deception.”
“An intricately crafted tale of murder and betrayal.”
“[A] promising debut.”
“[Hughes] vividly conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of the Dublin streets.”