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Crocodile Tears By Mark O'Sullivan,

  • Title: Crocodile Tears
  • Author: Mark O'Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9781848271555
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the freezing winter of 2010, with the Irish recession in full flow, property tycoon Dermot Brennan is found dead at his Dublin home Leading the murder investigation is fifty six year old Detective Inspector Leo Woods, an embittered former UN peacekeeper with a drug habit, a penchant for collecting masks and a face disfigured by Bell s Palsy DI Woods meets his match inIn the freezing winter of 2010, with the Irish recession in full flow, property tycoon Dermot Brennan is found dead at his Dublin home Leading the murder investigation is fifty six year old Detective Inspector Leo Woods, an embittered former UN peacekeeper with a drug habit, a penchant for collecting masks and a face disfigured by Bell s Palsy DI Woods meets his match in Detective Sergeant Helen Troy, a bright and ambitious but impetuous young policewoman with a troubled family.A host of suspects quickly emerge Brennan s estranged son two of the dead man s former business associates with grudges against him a young man whose life was ruined after his house, built by Brennan, was flooded an arrogant sculptor who may or may not have been having an affair with Anna Brennan and with their neighbour and an ex pat American gardener Together, Woods and Troy weave their way through this tangled web to get to the shocking truth.Mark O Sullivan is an exciting new voice in literary crime fiction Already an acclaimed children s fiction writer, he has produced in Crocodile Tears an excellent murder mystery, which has the depth of character of Kate Atkinson combined with the plotting and ambiguous moral codes of Colin Dexter s Inspector Morse.
    Crocodile Tears In the freezing winter of with the Irish recession in full flow property tycoon Dermot Brennan is found dead at his Dublin home Leading the murder investigation is fifty six year old Detective

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    1. This is a superb literary crime novel set in a troubled Ireland after the economic crash It has a gothic feel and is very dark Mark O Sullivan has created an inimitable cop, DI Leo Woods, who has a disfigured face and suffers from Bell s Palsy Needless to say, many recoil in horror at his face Leo has an interesting hobby, he collects masks from around the world It begins with the murder of Dermot Brennan, a property developer Located in an Ireland which suffered a catastrophic economic failure, [...]

    2. Crocodile Tears is a very nicely written police procedural that has a strong blend of unpicking the mystery surrounding the death of Dermot Brennan, capturing the aftermath of the property crash in Ireland, and charting the interactions and tension between the cops and with the suspects O Sullivan creates vivid characterisation, particularly with respect to the guards, and rather than concentrating on a single cop traces a handful from junior to senior rank, each well penned with a decent back s [...]

    3. I was incredibly impressed with this inaugural crime offering from Mark O Sullivan perhaps better known as a children s fiction writer and author of Enright a fiction novel and aside from a couple of breaks for coffee, this was pretty much one of those read in one sitting books Veering towards literary crime fiction, O Sullivan s creation , DI Leo Woods is an absolute gem of a character Afflicted by a condition known as Bell s Palsy, Woods is both self deprecating and a shrewd judge of human na [...]

    4. An excellent character driven mystery set in comtempory Dublin The fallout from the recession is the backdrop for this well executed novel.When property developer Dermot Brennan is found brutally murdered in his affluent home, many suspects rise to the fore It is initially felt that the murder is the result of some shady property dealings that Dermot was involved in.Leading the investigation is Detective Leo Woods an older detective who suffers from Bell s Palsy He is a dour and morose man, whos [...]

    5. Crocodile Tears is a crime novel set in Dublin It shares some characteristics with the work of another Dublin writer, Declan Hughes, in its portrayal of the decline and ruin of a privileged Irish family, complete with great house and troubled past It also bears some similarity to the fiction of Alan Glynn and Declan Burke, who have both written crime novels set in Ireland of the contemporary era, which is to say, post boom.At heart, though, this is a police procedural, with the typical police te [...]

    6. This was a book that I happened to choose by its cover I rarely do that but I really uncovered a gem this time I struggled to put it down to work, sleep or eat.Mr O Sullivan spins a great police procedural novel set in Ireland This novel has many twists and turns that kept me guessing The author did tie things together in believable but creative ways I appreciated that his characters were flawed but not in the usual callous, drinking, over worked unpaid or sexually preoccupied police procedural [...]

    7. There was a lot going on in this dark police tale of a murder, corruption, blackmail, sex slaves, nepotism and the Irish economy Maybe there was too much There was also some hidden racism and overt sexism where the puns were predictable and unnecessary.The three main police characters all have major issues DI Woods with his Bell s Palsy, demons from his days in UN peace forces and a father who was ex SS and had escaped to Ireland after WWII Helen Troy please with a drunken brother who seems to b [...]

    8. Well, I like many others have had a detective book addiction that is becoming jaded A lot of it is basically chewing gum for the brain Thanks Ted but I still like to chew on some good gum which is getting harder to find Crocodile Tears surprised me by being one of the better pieces of gum If you like detective, murder mysteries you ll be happy enough with this Nice also to see a new Irish writer.

    9. A standard set up a new rookie cop goes into an established team, with a disturbed superior Unfortunately, she then falls into a plot where someone dies in every other chapter in a way that wasn t really credible The urgency feels forced on occasions and it is hard to feel sympathy for any of the characters.

    10. A rivetingly original character in DI Leo Woods, fully supported by his fellow detectives A convoluted plot, solved by much discussion and many cul de sacs, many marvellous metaphors and lovely, individual writing.O Sullivan s next book in the series already on my wish list.

    11. Delighted to have come across this first in DI Leo Woods series Quirky, clever, funny, well plotted and well written Everything you need from a crime novel in fact I have already send away for the second, which was published earlier this year

    12. Great start hopefully there s to come I want to know about these characters, there s too much been set up for a series not to carry on.

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