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‘The thinking man’s John Grisham’ New Statesman

The body of a small girl, dressed as an angel, is discovered late one night in a pile of autumn leaves at the side of the road. At first it looks like a hit and run – after all, it’s Halloween night and the streets have been full of children trick or treating. But how did a 3-year-old come to be alone on the dark streets at such a late hour?

Lawrence, the policeman sent to investigate, finds himself under increasing pressure when it becomes clear that the chief suspect is the town’s star quarterback. In the ensuing cover-up, Lawrence finds himself a pawn in the power games between the local mayor, the suspect’s family, and an investigator with some personal scores to settle.

Reviews

Collins is a considerable stylist . . . his prose has a thoughtful, sinewy quality, a kind of subliminal toughness of mind
TELEGRAPH
A style so arrestingly visual it hijacks the reader's concentration; dazzling with the energy and originality of the language
INDEPENDENT
[Collins] is a stylist, blessed with the gift of having something worth saying
SCOTSMAN
One of the most exciting talents to have emerged not only in Ireland but anywhere in recent decades
Susan Hill, THE TIMES
His finest book and most credible character to date . . .An engrossing thriller with a social conscience, and a spell-binding portrait of a community under pressure, LOST SOULS is as close to perfection as a tale of flaws, foibles and failure can hope to come
IRISH INDEPENDENT
A sharp and stylish read
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT