Alone With The Dead by James Nally
‘IMPECCABLE DESCRIPTIONS MADE THE STORY COME ALIVE … EXHILARATING STUFF’ THE SUN
*The first in an electrifying new British detective series starring PC Donal Lynch.*
Meet PC Donal Lynch. Irish runaway. Insomniac. Functioning alcoholic.
Donal is new to working the beat in London, trying his best to forget that night. After all, there aren’t many police officers who can say they have a convicted murderer for an ex-girlfriend.
So when a woman is murdered on his patch, Donal throws himself into the case. As the first person on the scene, Donal can’t forget the horrific sight that faced him – and he knows this case can’t go unsolved. But how do you solve a case with no lead suspect and no evidence?
As his past catches up with him, Donal is forced to confront his demons and the girl he left behind. But what will crack first, the case or Donal?
Chilling, brutal, addictive – if you like Tim Weaver and James Oswald, you will LOVE James Nally.
About James Nally
James Nally was a journalist for 15 years, before leaving to become a producer and director of TV and film.
I was unprepared for just how good this book turned out to be. Donal Lynch leaves Ireland to live and work in London, after his girlfriend was charged with the murder of an old schoolfriend of his. He joins the Met sold his soul to Dan (Shep) Shepherd a 'socially-functioning psychopath' detective superintendant to become one of Shep's 'bitches.'
Donal was blessed or cursed with a gift, and is visited by murder victims who point him in the direction of clues to the identity of their killers.
The narrative has a great voice, that comes through strongly with good Irish brogue and humour, which made it almost impossible to put this book down.
I'm very happy that there are two more Donal Lynch books for me to read in this series.