Author(s): Brian McGilloway


Late December. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on a train line. Detective Sergeant Lucy Black from the Public Protection Unit is called to identify the body. The murdered girl, Karen Hughes, having a father in prison and an alcoholic mother, had no choice but to live in residential care. With not much to go on DS Black finds the only clue to the girl's movements are her mobile phone and social media and soon discovers her 'friends' may not be all they seem...Meanwhile Lucy's mind is consumed with the recurring trauma of a previous case, where a child lost their life in house fire and the killer runs free. But Lucy has to tread carefully: with a new DI to contend with and the Assistant Chief Constable looking over her shoulder, she can't afford to make a mistake. Hurt is a tense and page-turning crime thriller about the abuse of power and how the young and vulnerable can fall prey to those they should be able to trust. Praise for Little Girl Lost: "Effortlessly blending Black's personal woes into her professional life, McGilloway weaves a taut police procedural in an unadorned style that belies the stories complexity". (Irish Times).
"Cleverly constructed, packed with vibrant and believable characters...It confirms him as one of the most original voices in the notably expanding field of Irish crime fiction." (Irish Independent). "Assured and grittily realistic tale from an author who is being compared to James Lee Burke and Ian Rankin". (Sunday Business Post).


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McGilloway returns with a nail-biting follow-up to the No. 1 Bestseller Little Girl Lost.

Hurt is only Black's second outing, it's a nimbly written and cleverly plotted tale. It's the details of the Derry landscape as much as the investigation into the murder of a teenage girl that held my interest. Give Black a try: this could be the start of a beautiful friendship. Daily Telegraph I thought this book was excellent. The characters were realistic and the setting was painted vividly, if frighteningly... I'd certainly recommend this book both for McGilloway fans and if you just want a good crime book to read. thecrimewarp This a very well-paced story, which ratchets up a gear towards the end. Crime fiction and police procedural fans will enjoy this. Lucy Black is a welcome addition to the ranks of fictional detectives. randomthingsthroughmyletterbox

Brian McGilloway was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, in 1974, and teaches English at St Columb's College, Derry. He lives near the Irish borderlands with his wife and their four children. He is the author of six previous crime novels: Little Girl Lost, The Rising, Bleed A River Deep, Gallows Lane, Borderlands and The Nameless Dead.

General Fields

  • : 9781472111142
  • : Constable and Robinson
  • : Constable Crime
  • : 0.334
  • : October 2013
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brian McGilloway
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.92
  • : 416