‘An excellent story, very well written . . . this one was a winner for me’
author of the William Lorimer series
Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget … The stunning debut novel from your new favourite crime writer.
Responding to a call that took him to a decrepit country house, young Garda Cormac Reilly found two silent, neglected children – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lay dead upstairs.
Since then Cormac’s had twenty high-flying years working as a detective in Dublin, and he’s come back to Galway for reasons of his own. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him.
What ties a recent suicide to that death from so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?
Betrayal is at the heart of this unsettling small-town noir and the Ireland it portrays. In a country where the written law isn’t the only one, The Rúin asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t – or won’t.
‘Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan’s expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden.’
Author of The Marsh King's Daughter
‘The Ruin is a terrific debut and a rare gem: a compelling crime thriller that delivers depth as well as twists, with every page clearly written from the heart.’