The new novel by a master of Irish crime fiction catapults Detective Celsius Daly into the search for of missing boy—which leads to an unsolved mystery from the era of The Troubles.
Detective Celcius Daly is investigating the abduction of a boy by a group of travelers already under investigation for smuggling and organized crime. As he digs into the child's background, he discovers a family secret linked to an unsolved crime during The Troubles – the disappearance of a young woman and her baby. Daly's investigation shakes loose some harrowing truths about the lawlessness of Northern Ireland's border country.
Undergoing an internal investigation over his handling of the search for IRA spy Daniel Hegarty, Daly soon finds himself entangled in a vigilante mission, discovering just how far a group of outsiders will go to find their own justice.
Anthony J. Quinn was born in Northern Ireland's County Tyrone and studied English at Queen's University, Belfast. He works as a journalist and author. His first novel to appear in America, Disappeared, was published by Mysterious Press/Open Road last year.
"Daly’s personal troubles, unsettling details about his fellow officers and the victim’s family, and an enlightening look at the travelers and their wandering ways unfold in carefully wrought, often lyrical prose, always rich with foreboding. The ending is somewhat surprising and totally satisfying. Fans of Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville, in particular as well as all readers who relish that Celtic edge, will not want to miss this one."
– Booklist (starred)
"Quinn is a writer to watch. His prose is careful, rich, dense, and full of Celtic edge, and Quinn’s insights into the world of the vagabond travelers adds much depth and atmosphere. Fans of Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville will love it. Highly recommended."
– Library Journal (starred)
"Quinn's prose has a quality of bleak poetry. Trespass is a bracing tale of a society ravaged by violence."
– Irish Times
"Quinn’s exploration of the hidden war being waged over the purchase of property on the border is intriguing, as is the secretive culture of the Travellers, a nomadic group who survive by navigating ancient routes through the wilderness."
– Publishers Weekly
"Beautiful writing about ugly events with a plot that's pleasingly serpentine."
– Sunday Times Crime Club (U.K.)
"A major piece of work. Eerily tender, a wonderfully wrought classic that is a landmark in the fiction of Northern Ireland. . . . Line up the glittering prizes of mystery. This one is going to take ’em all. "
– Ken Bruen, author of Rilke on Black
"An outstanding, deeply satisfying and beautifully written police procedural."
– Irish Independent
"A deftly crafted and inherently riveting read from cover to cover, Trespass is another narrative driven mystery by a master of the genre and unreservedly recommended, especially for community library Mystery/Suspense collections."