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The Wrong Kind of Blood (Ed Loy #1)

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After twenty years in Los Angeles, Ed Loy has come home to bury his mother. But hers is only the first dead body he encounters after crossing an ocean.

The city Loy once knew is an unrecognizable place, filled with gangsters, seducers, hucksters, and crazies, each with a scheme and an angle. But he can't refuse the sexy former schoolmate who asks him to find her missing hu
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Harper (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tea Jovanović
Knjiga koja mi je nametnuta na uređenje a koja me je prijatno iznenadila... Dobar krimić, ima i nastavke... neće biti pšrevedeni na srpski... najverovatnije...
Sep 19, 2013 Trish rated it liked it
I can’t remember now where I heard about Declan Hughes, but he is the real McCoy…an Irish writer with a depth of knowledge about human decency and failure, crime and motivations. His canvas is local—there is a known-ya-a-long-time intimacy to Irish novels that are quite unlike anything coming out of America, and families pass on curses and debts and deep knowledge of their community. Before turning to crime novels, Hughes was a theatre director and playwright, so he has the goods (knowledge of h ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Hayes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda's next!
Recommended to Hayes by: Bettie☯
3+ stars

Very enjoyable, well-written mystery. Only real flaw was a "what!?!" moment in the middle: highly improbable, but easily forgiven... I wanted to find out what was going to happen. (view spoiler) Solution to it all also improbable, but fun in an odd sort of way.

Wanda's next!
Robert Intriago
Nov 02, 2014 Robert Intriago rated it really liked it
Shelves: p-i
Pretty good book, not a classic crime noir, but close to it. Takes place in Dublin and the protagonist is an Irishman living in Los Angeles that returns home for mother's funeral. It has lots of action, dead bodies and family ties. Parts of it are a little verbose and in sections it drags, but maybe it has to do with it being the author's first book and he is trying to set backgrounds for his next book (there are two) There is also a lot of characters and they are in some places hard to keep tra ...more
May 15, 2009 Johnny rated it really liked it
A solid private eye story. Nothing revolutionary, but well-plotted with good characters and a strong sense of atmosphere.

My only issue was the half dozen times that the author chose to flash-forward or back. It felt like a device that added little to the story, but rather took away some of the surprise and discovery that the story would have if it was told linearly. A very small gripe.

I would definitely read the next in the series. A very confident and strong addition to the private eye genre.
Ellen Keim
Jun 30, 2011 Ellen Keim rated it liked it
I really like the way the author paints a picture of contemporary Ireland throughout his books. This is the second one I've read. I didn't give the book more than three stars because the mystery wasn't that interesting to me. I did like the main character who is a private detective with a penchant for getting in trouble. (Sound familiar?) Good writing and an easy read.
Jul 17, 2010 Caitlin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I really enjoyed The City of Lost Girls which is the 5th in this series so I thought I'd go back and read the others.

So far this has been a disappointing experiment. Maybe this book suffers in comparison to the later one and it probably isn't helping things that I read it after finishing The Whisperers by John Connolly which I absolutely adored, but the fact is that finishing this was a struggle.

Mr. Hughes writes and plots well, but overall the book is sort of gray and cold and more drab than gr
Lukasz Pruski
May 07, 2014 Lukasz Pruski rated it liked it
"It all goes back to Fagan's Villas": the sentence is repeated several times in Declan Hughes' "The Wrong Kind of Blood". Current events are echoes of dramatic events in the past. This 2006 Irish book reads almost like a classic Ross Macdonald novel; "The Underground Man" comes to mind. "The present is washing away the sins of the past."

Ed Loy, who spent his youth in Dublin, works as a private investigator in Los Angeles. He returns to Ireland for his mother's funeral. His former schoolmate hire
Felix Zilich
Feb 27, 2014 Felix Zilich rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, irish-luck
Если бы начал текущий марафон ирландского нуара с Деклана Хьюза, то наверняка на нём бы и закончил. Автор крепкий, шероховатый, но раскачивается дюже медленно. Первые две трети его дебютного романа - бесконечная расстановка шахматных фигур, которые даже не всякий раз появляются в кадре.

Главный герой Хьюза - частный детектив из Нью-Йорка по имени Эд Лой. Двадцать лет назад он сбежал из Дублина за океан, поссорившись с матерью, но теперь вынужден вернуться в Ирландию на её похороны. Здесь он встр
Feb 06, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This definitely wasn't a bad book, it's just that there's not a whole lot to distinguish it from every other hard-boiled detective novel out there. It seems like these detectives, In all the series – you know by John Lutz, Ken Bruen, etc., are all the same character. All they change are the names. Of course, there is something comforting about the familiarity, I suspect that's why people read romance novels even though they always know how they're going to end, with the 2 people together and the ...more
Mar 18, 2011 Tequila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best line in the book: "I know, Jaysus, the state of the place, like drinking in an f*ing hairdresser's." This is a mystery novel that is worth reading twice. Complex plot, multi-layered symbolism, lots of great characters (especially Tommy) and interesting twists. I'd like to see if the clues were present on a second read. Of course Ed Loy jumps into bed with women far too quickly. But what good P.I. isn't screwed up somehow?
Rogue Reader
Apr 06, 2014 Rogue Reader rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-ireland
Dark and grizzly, The Wrong Kind of Blood is Gaelic mystery at its best. Declan Hughes brings a son of the old sod back home from America, where Ed Loy buries his mother and is caught up in the murder of a woman he once knew as a young and desired girl. There's a brother in spirit too, a fellow who's lost his way and needs Ed's help to escape the pall of suspicion and find redemption.

There's so little hope in these dark Irish writers, I can hardly bear to read them, and can't possibly not.

-- A
Aug 21, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it
Hughes, Declan. THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD. (2006). ****. John Connolly recommended this writer to me at one of the recent Bouchercons. This was the author’s first book. Since he just came out with the third book in the series, I thought it was time I got to the first one. The author is a Dubliner and has spent most of his career as a director and playwright and has been intimately involved with the running of Ireland’s leading independent theater, Rough Magic. His protagonist is Ed Loy, an Irishma ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, ireland
Okay, so Ed Loy is a bit of a lone wolf character. He's also obviously been endowed with some sort of minor super-powers. You know the sort. No matter how much of a kicking he takes, no matter how much battering, beating, brawling and bashing goes on, Ed keeps on keeping on. He might limp a bit occasionally. He might grimace when a recent scar stings, but there's a job to be done and Ed's going to do that job. Of course this sort of character can get right up the reader's nose unless they have s ...more
Diane Wallis
Apr 25, 2011 Diane Wallis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't do better than to copy and paste Arminta Wallace's brief review of this audio book which was published in The Irish Times on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Declan Hughes's novel of 2006 is perfect for an audio book narrated by the talented Stanley Townsend because you couldn't possibly do the accents in your head. After nine hours of listening you get the feeling that urban degradation, bleakness and betrayal could have been invented in Dublin, but then so was humour.

Published at the heigh
Aug 08, 2011 Loren rated it liked it


What is it about the Irish and crime fiction? For some reason, the gray, rain-swept isle seems to produce crime scribes a plenty, writers who pen plots that hit the gut hard as a shot of Jameson and create protagonists as world-weary as a priest after hearing a week's worth of confessions. Talents such as Tana French and Adrian McKinty have shaped this poignant, ferocious literary landscape. Now Declan Hughes makes his mark with The Wrong Kind of B
May 05, 2016 Janebbooks rated it it was amazing
OPENING LINE: The night of my mother's funeral, Linda Dawson cried on my shoulder, put her tongue in my mouth and asked me to find her husband.

Ed Loy, P.I. is a native Dubliner who returns to Ireland to bury his mother. He hasn't been a dutiful son; it's his first trip to his homeland since he left.

When Loy is hired by a well-dressed woman to find her missing husband in the first chapter, this reader immediately thought of Ross MacDonald's THE DROWNING POOL. POOL is the second novel in MacDonald
Jun 13, 2008 Debra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of PI novels
Having left his hometown of Dublin for Los Angeles twenty years ago, P.I. Edward Loy has returned for his mother’s funeral. The trip’s brought back painful memories, including his father’s disappearance before Ed left Dublin. It’s also brought back a former schoolmate who wants Ed to find her missing husband, and an old friend who wants Ed to hide a gun for him. As Ed peels back layer after layer of lies and deception, he battles gangsters, lots of people with secrets, and his own past.

With a st
Aug 14, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it
THE WRONG KIND OF BLOOD (Amateur Sleuth-Ireland-Cont) – VG
Hughes, Declan – 1st book
William Morrow, 2006- Hardcover
*** Private Investigator Ed Loy left his native Ireland 20 years ago. Now he is back to bury his mother and still wonders what happened to his father, who had disappeared many years before. Ed is asked by one former classmate to find her missing husband and another childhood friend turns up on Ed’s doorstep with a recently fired gun, given into his care by a local mobster, he asks Ed
Mar 19, 2011 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No. 1 Ed Loy Mystery

Ed loy has been living in America, where he worked as a private investigator, for 20 years when he returns home to bury his mother. On the night of the funeral he's asked by Linda Dawson to look for her husband, who has been missing for a few days. Although he is reluctant, Ed does agree to investigate and soon finds himself up to his neck in murder, secrets, gangland crime, corruption and mindless violence.
The Ireland he has returned to is nothing like the Ireland he left so
I wanted to like this book (I loved the Irishness of the story) but keep tripping over a few things.

For one thing I couldn’t get interested in the plot.
For another, I couldn't muster much sympathy for the protagonist
Lastly, I just kept laughing at the sexy parts (and this may rate a spoiler alert so stop reading if you don’t want to know) . . .

Well, in one scene (and I listened a couple of times just to make sure I heard it right) The protag gets the stuffing beats out of him --- broken teeth,
Oct 19, 2011 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book is actually the beginning of the series involving PI Ed Loy. Loy has just returned to Ireland after twenty years in the US for his mother's funeral. An old friend from the past asks him to help her locate her missing husband, and what seems like a simple case turns into a mystery involving real estate corruption, drug money, murder, and ties to Loy's own past. Loy is at once witty and dour, and so are many of his characters. I love to despise the villanous Halligans, a sociopathic clan ...more
Feb 20, 2008 Pam rated it really liked it
Shelves: ireland-mystery
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/2006/340 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present/Ireland
FIRST LINES: The night of my mother's funeral, Linda Dawson cried on my shoulder, put her tongue in my mouth & asked me to find her husband.
COMMENTS: Re-read for MOTB discussion 02/20/08. Loved this book 2nd time around as well as 1st read. The writing... very descriptive. Living in S FL could de
Oct 17, 2009 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland
Not bad overall, but several points about Dublin and Ireland were over-explained in a clunky fashion (the DART is a train! Irish is a language!--somehow the narrator "almost forgot" this one). Perhaps the blame lies with an editor who underestimated an American audience or simply lacked the skill to integrate a few clues smoothly, because most of the writing was better than that.

It's interesting to see how contemporary authors are integrating the form of U.S.-style murder mysteries (in this case
Mary Crawford
Feb 07, 2015 Mary Crawford rated it really liked it
This was a well written thriller. Ed Loy returns to Dublin from LA where he has been working as a PI. His mother has died and he reconnects with some old friends. Wanted to keep reading to find out whodunnit and why. Am moving on to his next book right now.
Neal Kristopher
May 16, 2011 Neal Kristopher rated it really liked it
Reviews Of Unusual Size

Re: After 20 years, LA detective Ed Loy returns to Ireland to bury his mother. What he finds waiting are thugs, gangsters, secrets and long buried mysteries about his father's past and Ireleand's present.

Outstanding: Labeled an "Irish novel of suspense" on the cover, Huges' novel is more of a hardboiled crime/mystery that plays up all of the foibles Ireland has to offer. The bad guys are truly nasty and Loy is just the right amount of a scrappy underdog.

Unacceptable: This
Jan 03, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Irish have such a lilting poetic way of writing that fills one with delight almost no matter what the violence of the subject and Declan Hughes is no exception. This the first of his I read (and I admit initially picked up because I was thinking he was someone else) and I was captivated by the very first sentence and not disappointed by the rest. (The second sentence set one up on tenterhooks waiting for the inevitable)
Cast of many and characters well-drawn as was place and dialogue (he's a
Mar 01, 2009 Dee rated it really liked it
For the Irish, is there a right kind of blood? Another Dublin Noir, and a first novel--quite good, and some fantastic writing. The plot gets a bit baroque, there is some great violence and a perfect first two sentences:
The night of my mother's funeral, Linda Dawson cried on my shoulder, put her tongue in my mouth, and asked me to find her husband. Now she was lying dead on her living room floor, and the howl of a police siren echoed through the surrounding hills.

Ken Bruen, Denise Mina, Ian Ranki
Brittany Walsh
Feb 27, 2015 Brittany Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never thought myself a fan of Crime fiction, but this is a fantastic novel. I loved every second of it!
Jer Hogan
Mar 21, 2013 Jer Hogan rated it really liked it
*** spoiler alert ***

This is very much in the tradition of hard-boiled LA Private Investigators but has the local colour of being set in booming Celtic Tiger Ireland. The evocation of the bubble is very good and the story keeps churning along with something new always happening - it's definitely a page-turner. Ed Loy is broadly sympathetic even when being snippy to lovers, and beating up criminals. He has a heart of gold and sorts out Gemma and Dessie for their help. The ending wraps up all the
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Declan Hughes has worked for more than twenty years in the theater in Dublin as director and playwright. In 1984, he cofounded Rough Magic, Ireland's leading independent theater company. He has been writer in association with the Abbey Theatre and remains an artistic associate of Rough Magic. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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