Thursday, February 13, 2014
Review of All the Dead Voices by Declan Hughes (John Murray, 2009)
All the Dead Voices jaunts along at a nice pace, with plenty of intrigue and action as private investigator Ed Loy tries to make sense of the two cases he’s taken on that quickly become entwined in lethal ways. Hughes writes with an engaging voice and quickly hooks the reader in. The characterisation and social and historical context is nicely realised, with a good sense of place regarding Dublin and the tail-end of the Celtic Tiger boom and the period immediately prior to the peace process. The story is quite complicated, yet the plot remains clear to follow, with a nice mix of threads and intrigue. However, one does have to suspend one’s sense of belief for the plot to work given the coincidences of the two intersecting plots, Loy's acquaintance with a number of characters, and at a number of points I kept wondering why Loy was still alive? Nevertheless, the story is an entertaining and enjoyable addition to the Ed Loy series.