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Sergeant Molly Power of the Irish Police Force Murder Squad is on duty when the call comes in. A young African man, Shad, has been attacked and left for dead on the Dublin Mountains. He crawls to the nearest house and raises the alarm, but he dies later in hospital. Shad’s injuries are strange and deeply disturbing. Was he the victim of a racist attack, sadism, a punishment, or some mysterious sacrificial ritual? Inspector Quilligan and Molly Power launch a murder investigation – it is like none they have ever experienced before.

Shad’s younger brother, Jude, is grief-stricken and mystified by his brother’s cruel death. He swears a solemn oath to find his brother’s killer, but the more he uncovers about Shad’s life and relationships outside their Nigerian community, the more he realises how dangerous and twisted some people can be….

In this compelling and moving story of callous murder and a brother’s loss, Andrew Nugent brilliantly depicts the cultural diversity of Dublin and with wit and charm reveals the strength of faith and community when confronted with naked ruthlessness.

Reviews

Praise for Andrew Nugent's The Four Courts Murder Press
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'A rip-roaring read'
Irish Examiner
'Carries the reader along from its start right to the surprising and shocking denouement'
Irish Independent
'The author, a former lawyer who is now a Benedictine monk, has an elegant, witty style... and entertaining story with nice touches of humour'
Sunday Telegraph
'It would take an iron will not to find oneself swept along by the pace at which the story is told'
The Irish Times
'An erudite, witty and altogether delightful debut, full of characters laced with eccentricity and Irish charm'
Kirkus Reviews (starred)