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The Death of an Irish Tinker (Peter McGarr #13)

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A body has been found shackled to the upper branches of one of the tallest trees in Ireland. The victim is a "Tinker, " one of the mysterious and secretive class of itinerant travelers who have roamed the country for generations. The intent of the murder is obvious - to shock, to punish, to warn. But who is doing the punishing, and who is being warned? These are the questi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Avon Books (first published September 1990)
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This one started as a blast from the past: An old friend we haven't seen in years mailed my husband Jack a copy of 1997 The Death of an Irish Tinker totally out of the blue, knowing we'd "get" the connection. Bartholomew Gill is the pen name of Mark McGarrity, who wrote 16 books featuring police detective Peter McGarr (the last published posthumously after McGarrity's death from a fall in 2002).

So what's the connection? Quite a few years ago, McGarrity's brother, a very tall Irishman named Hugh,
I thought I had read all of Gill's McGarr mysteries - but I found very confusing the fact that the titles of the books have been changed. Although Gill was a reporter in real life for the Star Ledger his writing all took place in Ireland.
This book was a lot of fun, if scarey murders can be called fun, and contained modern information on the life of the Tinkers - or Travelers - or Irish gypsies - however they wish to be called.
Of course I've been following in the books McKarr's career but once
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Picked this one up by chance, and it's part of a series. Kept my attention. Would be very gory and bloody if it was made into a movie, but a good story line. I want to read more in this series and figure out who Peter McGarr is.
A little different view of Dublin - not the uprisings or the Celtics, this is crime and travelers and frustrated detectives. Good accents and a fast read - good vacation stuff.
Interesting crime novel about an Irish drug kingpin and police corruption spanning 12 years - I may read more McGarr mysteries. There's only about a billion of them.
Mike  Sullivan
Good book. Similar plotline to that Brad Pitt movie a while back where he is a gypsy and has the crazy accent...the movie may have been based on this book???
I didn't care for this book. Although it was easy to read, I wish there was a little more description with the characters. It just didn't do anything for me.
Quick read. Fairly well paced with believable characters. However leaves you wondering a bit at the end.
Too dark for my taste. But despite that, it was still a page-turner!
A bit gruesome.
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Bartholomew Gill is the pen name of Mark McGarrity.

Mr. McGarrity was born in Holyoke, Mass., and graduated from Brown University in 1966. He studied for his master's degree at Trinity College, Dublin, and never tired of mining the country for material.

''One of the things they gave me,'' he once said of his books, ''is a chance to go back to Ireland time and time again to do research.''

He was also
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