Brian McGilloway is an author hailing from Derry, Northern Ireland. He studied English at Queens University Belfast, where he was very active in student theatre, winning a prestigious national Irish Student Drama Association award for theatrical lighting design in 1996. He is currently Head of English at St. Columb’s College, Derry. McGilloway’s debut novel was a crime thriller called Borderlands. Borderlands was shortlisted for a Crime Writers’ Association Dagger award for a debut novel.
The body of an elderly man is hauled out of the rushing water of the River Foyle, cold dead. Detective Lucy Black is called in to investigate when it becomes evident that this was not a suicide: the man's body was embalmed before it ever entered the water.
Confounded and exhausted, Lucy heads home to review the case in quiet; but there will be no rest for her tonight. She's barely in the front door when a neighbor knocks because his wife's sister has been attacked and they need her help.
As a string of strange crimes is unspooled throughout the city, Lucy is pulled in countless different directions… until she realizes there may be something dark and dangerous connecting everything.
Soulful and suspenseful, featuring one of the most appealing characters in suspense fiction, The Forgotten Ones is a novel to take your breath away.
About the book
Lucy is visiting her father, in a hospital for Alzheimer patients, when a nurse calls her because he saw a body floating in the river. It seems a suicide, but the body is already embalmed. Why an embalmed body is in the river?
Lucy Black must protect the young and vulnerable . . . but can she protect herself?
Late December. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on a train line. Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is called to identify the body. The only clues to the dead teenager's last movements are stored in her mobile phone and on social media - and it soon becomes clear that her 'friends' were not as trustworthy as she thought. Lucy is no stranger to death: she is still haunted by the memory of the child she failed to save, and the killer she failed to put behind bars. And with a new boss scrutinizing her every move, she is determined that - this time - she will leave no margin for error.
About the book
Harry, a worker from the Derry railway line in Northern Ireland, finds a 16-year-young girl face down on the train track when he turns her around, he finds out that the girl has an open wound on her neck. The body was about to be crushed by a train that stopped because of some cable robbers.
Lucy Black is called on the scene as she is working on a case of a missing minor with her division. Lucy discovers that the body belongs to the missing girl and if the train had not stopped because of the theft, the case would have been ruled out as a suicide.
Unwilling, or unable, to speak, the only person she seems to trust is the young officer who rescued her, Detective Sergeant Lucy Black. Soon afterwards, DS Black is baffled to find herself suddenly moved from a high-profile case involving the kidnapping of another girl, a prominent businessman's teenage daughter.
Black's problems are not only professional: she's caring for her increasingly unstable father, and trying to avoid conflict with her frosty mother - who also happens to be the Assistant Chief Constable. As she struggles to identify the unclaimed child, Black begins to realise that her case and the kidnapping may be linked by events that occurred during the grimmest days of the country's recent history - events that also defined her own troubled childhood.
About the book
Little Girl Lost is the first book in the series about detective Lucy Black, set in Northern Ireland. Lucy is called about a girl who is wandering in the forest near her house, in her pajamas and barefoot; thinking that the girl is Kate McLaughlin, a teenager who disappeared a few days earlier, rushes to the scene. But as soon as she finds the girl she immediately understands that it isn’t Kate, given the age of the child. But who is this girl? Why is she wandering through the snowy woods at that time of the night with blood on her? And what does she have to do with Kate?
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