Friday, March 24, 2017
Review of The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell (McFori Ink, 2017)
The Day That Never Comes is the second book in Caimh McDonnell’s Dublin trilogy. In this outing, the hapless Paul Mulchrone has started a new private investigation company with Nurse Conroy and former Detective Sergeant Bunny McGarry. However, it already appears to be hitting the rocks, with Nurse Conroy refusing to speak to Paul, and McGarry missing in action. Mulchrone is left to keep the show on the road, but even he’ll admit to being Dublin’s worst private investigator. His task is trying to trail a property developer involved in large-scale corruption, embezzlement and building control violations. It should be straightforward but someone is murdering the developer’s colleagues and he may well be on the hit list as well. Like the first book, the tale is great fun; witty throughout and with a number of laugh out loud moments. At the same time it’s got all the elements of a decent crime tale. The characterisation is excellent, especially the no-nonsense Nurse Conroy and the slightly psychotic Bunny McGarry, a man who administers his own brand of justice with a hurley. The plot is well constructed, with McDonnell interweaving a number of strands – including a police investigation line, phone-ins to a radio chat show, and flashbacks to McGarry dealing with an earlier incident of planning corruption – that builds to a nice denouement. And there is a strong sense of place and context; the story set in Dublin, a city still simmering with resentment at the state of the economy and fallen personal fortunes after the financial crash. Overall, a very nice comic crime caper that delivers both the laughs and decent crime story.