Lost and the Blind : A Contemporary Thriller Set in Rural Ireland
Overview - This gripping Irish thriller is an intriguing new departure for comic noir writer Declan Burke. "A dying man, if he is any kind of man, will live beyond the law." The elderly German, Karl Uxkull, was senile or desperate for attention. Read more...
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This gripping Irish thriller is an intriguing new departure for comic noir writer Declan Burke.
"A dying man, if he is any kind of man, will live beyond the law." The elderly German, Karl Uxkull, was senile or desperate for attention. Why else would he concoct a tale of Nazi atrocity on the remote island of Delphi, off the coast of Donegal? And why now, 60 years after the event, just when Irish-American billionaire Shay Govern has tendered for a prospecting licence for gold in Lough Swilly?
Journalist Tom Noone doesn't want to know. With his young daughter Emily to provide for, and a ghost-writing commission on Shay Govern's autobiography to deliver, the timing is all wrong. Besides, can it be mere coincidence that Karl Uxkull's tale bears a strong resemblance to the first thriller published by legendary spy novelist Sebastian Devereaux, the reclusive English author who has spent the past 50 years holed up on Delphi?
But when a body is discovered drowned, Tom and Emily find themselves running for their lives, in pursuit of the truth that is their only hope of survival.
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Irish author Burke’s convoluted standalone opens promisingly when Tom Noone, a Dublin journalist and writer of detective stories, is approached by Irish-American millionaire Shay Govern to ghostwrite a biography of Sebastian Devereaux, who wrote thrillers in the 1960s and ’70s and is now a recluse on the island of Delphi, near Donegal. Govern is haunted by a WWII Nazi atrocity that he witnessed on Delphi as a teen. So too is elderly Gerhard Uxkull, a Dane who joined the German navy in 1938 and gives Tom his manuscript describing the same massacre, an event fictionalized in an old Devereaux book. As Tom investigates a growing group of unsavory islanders fixated on the massacre, he unearths a range of hidden motives, one of which is has to do with sunken riches. But it’s all talk and no action until suddenly bodies start dropping. Though Burke (Slaughter’s Hound) has a real knack for dialogue and phrasing, too much happens too fast in the final pages. Agent: Allan Guthrie, Jenny Brown Associates. (May)