In ‘The Midnight Choir’ Gene Kerrigan once again focuses on the interactions between small time Irish criminals and the garda (the Irish cops). And, in this book, the spotlight is turned on corruption within the garda.
The book starts out in Galway, with a man on a roof, thinking about suicide. Garda Joe Mills manages to talk him down, but the jumper makes some important revelations about a crime that has been eating away at him.
Meanwhile in Dublin, garda Harry Synnott is involved in a number of cases. Synnott is strongly disliked by most of the other garda because he has reported his workmates for bullying confessions out of suspects. But, he seems to be working well with garda Rose Cheney.
They are working on a rape case where the rapist has used his family money and connections to avoid a rape charge in the past. It looks as though they may get him this time.
Single mother Dixie Peyton is desperate for money. She attempts to rob a tourist couple by threatening them with a syringe of blood. She has long been an informer for Synnott.
Joshua Boyce has robbed a jewellery store. Unfortunately his getaway doesn’t go as planned due to an overenthusiastic security guard.
Synnott needs to wind up these cases before starting a new job as Europol. Things are going well and he is looking forward to leaving the garda. Then everything changes for him and his world falls apart.
Although Gene Kerrigan’s books do not really form a series, events from his first book – ‘Little Criminals’ are mentioned in this story and detective John Grace, a main character from ‘Little Criminals’ reappears in this book.
I enjoyed this book less than ‘Little Criminals’. I wasn’t able to anticipate the end of this story, so the crimes seemed fairly unrelated until I neared the end of the book. ‘The Midnight Choir’ was still an excellent book and Gene Kerrigan is a brilliant writer. I’m looking forward to reading ‘Dark Times in the City’.
Book Published 2006