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Beneath the Surface

An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery

Jo Spain


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They say politics is cut-throat—but as Inspector Tom Reynolds is about to discover, nothing rocks the boat more than a personal vendetta

Late at night, two powerful men meet in a secret location to discuss a long nurtured plan about to come to fruition. One is desperate to know there is nothing standing in their way—the other assures him everything is taken care of. Hours later, high-ranking government official Ryan Finnegan is brutally slain in the most secure building in Ireland—seat of parliament Leinster House. Inspector Tom Reynolds and his team are called in to uncover the truth behind the murder.

At first, all the evidence hints at a politically motivated crime, until a surprise discovery takes the investigation in a dramatically different direction. Suddenly the motive for murder becomes a lot more personal...but who benefits the most from Ryan's death?

“Absolutely my comfort reading.” —Ann Cleeves, Dagger Award-winning author of Vera & the Shetland series, on With Our Blessing

Praise For Beneath the Surface: An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery

Praise for the Beneath the Surface:
"Intriguing...Spain provides a timely look at the murky world of collusion between government and corporations."
Publishers Weekly

"Spain keeps up the pressure...Honest detection, layers upon layers of deception, and juicy revelations about high-flying pols. What’s not to like?"
Kirkus Reviews

"Twists abound and there are surprises around every corner...Incredibly intoxicating."
Suspense Magazine
"Jo Spain does an outstanding job of profiling each one of her characters...A must-read for fans of the genre."
Manhattan Book Review

"Compelling...Jo Spain has hit the jackpot."

Praise for the With Our Blessing:
“Absolutely my comfort reading.”
—Ann Cleeves, Dagger Award-winning author of Vera & the Shetland series

“The novel is razor-sharp...The denouement is fiendishly clever, a climax in the old-fashioned Agatha Christie-esque sense...a big fat twist is lobbed into the ending like a hand grenade.”
Sunday Independent

“Brilliant! Fast paced, well researched and sensitive. Jo Spain is a sparking new talent.”
Irish Examiner

“In a very strong year for Irish crime-fiction debuts, Jo Spain’s With Our Blessing is among the most assured...[and] picks at the scabs of recent Irish history to reveal raw and gaping wounds.”
Declan Burke Irish Times

“Jo Spain writes as good a procedural as you are ever likely to read.”
Crime Review (UK)

Crooked Lane Books, 9781643851846

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

About the Author

Jo Spain is a full-time writer and screenwriter. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and her first psychological thriller. The Confession, was a number one bestseller in Ireland. Jo co-wrote the ground-breaking TV series Taken Down which first broadcast in Ireland in 2018. She’s now working on multiple European TV projects. Joanne lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.