The Good Turn
Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl's silence - three unconnected things that will prove to be linked by one small town.
While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocate...more
With his career on the line, yet again, Cormac finds himself fighting for himself and his team, while his enemies in t ...more
Cormac is still struggling after his move to the Garda Station in Galway where he is resented by those outside his team. The Superintendent doesn't make his life easy, refusing him the extra man power he needs when a young girl is snatched of the street. Cor ...more
Things are as bad as they could be for poor DS Cormac O'Reilly . Nothing is going right for him in any area of his life right now. His girlfriend is living and working overseas, many of his colleagues appear to dislike him, and worst of all the management seem to want him long gone. I felt sorry for him for much of the book but also admired him for his conscience and his determination to do the right ...more
“Cormac took a breath, a sudden involuntary inhalation. He felt as if the solid ground beneath his feet had been removed, as if he was standing, swaying, at the top of a cliff and the wind was at his back. ‘I don’t understand,’ he said.”
Of course not. Reilly has been working with a smaller and smaller team of garda (Irish police) in circumstances obviously designed to set him up to fail. He’s a nuisance, because he’s smart, thorough, asks questions, and follows through.
He’s also the sort of f ...more
The Good Turn is a twisty and well executed story following 3 main storylines . Cormac is struggling wit ...more
The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan. (2020).
(Cormac Reilly #3).
Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl's silence - three unconnected things that will prove to be linked by one small town. Detective Cormac faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life. Garda Peter is relocated out of Galway with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head, and now he has to work f ...more
Unfortunately elements appear to be conspiring against him and the situation goes from bad to worse. Will this m ...more
Most of the book takes place over 8 days and for much of the book Cormac isn’t the centre of it. Police corruption that seems endemic (there’s about 3 or 4 good cops in total!) and apparently impossible to overcome keeps Cormac sidelined ...more
Although the series is named after Garda Cormac Reilly, McTiernan wrote much of The Ruin and The Scholar from the point of view of other characters. In The Good Turn she does this again. It kind of annoyed me in the first two books (I like Reilly and I want to read more about him!) but this time I felt like I accepted it more graciously. This is probably a combina ...more
Cormac Reilly #3 is the best so far, in what has been a must-read series right from the start. Dervla McTiernan is a first class storyteller.
In The Good Turn, Garda Peter Fisher is called back in to work on his long-awaited day off, after a child-abduction is reported in suburban Galway. Fisher interviews the witness on his way back to the station and instinctively knows it's legitimate. His boss, DS Reilly, has no choice but to put all other cases on hold because his team is severely under ...more
The story opens with Anna and her young daughter Tilly sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, Tilly hasn’t spoken in 3 months! What is the mystery of her little girls silence?
Elsewhere the violent abduction of a young girl punched and shoved into the b ...more
After a shooting that sees him under threat of prosecution and jail, Detective Peter Fisher is transferred to the village of ...more
The book starts with a kidnapping, and a shooting – from here follows a taut and nerve wrecking police procedural that had me on the edge of my seat until the end. As with previous books, I was reminded how much I like the main character, DI Cormac Reilly, who embodies the type of person ...more
The Good Turn is the third book in the series and has about 3 plots going on.
One plot involves Garda Peter Fisher tracking down a potential child abductor to having this meeting with the abductor go completely off the rails.
He’s put on leave and relocated out of Galway to Roundstone.
Sidenote: Roundstone is a small fishing village on the west coast of Ireland and it's almost 2 hours away from Galway.
Back in Galway, the second plot involves Detective ...more
Faultless, brilliant, tense, complex…this book lives up to all the hype!
This, the third book in the Cormac Reilly series, is an outstanding, read in one sitting type of read!
I don’t know what else I can add to this review that you wouldn’t have already seen/read/heard somewhere else before. This is intricate story of corruption, of love and of vice and fortitude.
This book has definitely s ...more
The series continues to deepen and improve, though it started out just fine. I wish I hadn’t read it so fast after its release, because now I’m back to waiting for the next one.
There are several coincidences that comprise the full rendering of the mystery in the last chapters. The characters even comment on the critical role of handy coincidence. This dependence should have bothered me, but I was already so bought in to the story, which stayed strong around while weaving in these coinc ...more
Detective Sergeant Cormac Reilly’s Superintendent is an irritant. If he were a fly you’d swat him stone dead. Cormac needs troops for a kidnapping but the stubborn Super says they’re all out on a drug bust. Cormac had never got on with the Super. In fact, Cormac is the kind of guy who makes a habit of annoying his superiors. Garda Peter Fisher chases the suspect with disastrous results.
Peter Fisher gets sent to the town of Roundstone ...more
Cormac Reilly is one of the best characters I’ve read. This instalment is based predominantly in Galway and the small seaside town of Roundstone. Politics, corruption, drugs, intimidation and dogged detective work all work brilliantly in this read. Add a dash of family drama, relationship changes and small town issues, you have a novel that will please so many readers. ...more
Books about police are complicated. For me they always have been. Even when they're not set in the US. But in this book, even more than the previous two, gives us Reilly as the ...more
Dublin, Ireland, 1 September 2015. Anna’s young daughter Tilly has stopped talking. Anna can’t change her circumstances in Dublin, so she decides to take Tilly to Galway.
Galway, Ireland, 31 October 2015. Garda Peter Fisher is having a rare day off, enjoying life, when he receives a call from his colleague, Deirdre Russell:
‘Reilly wants to know if you can come in for the afternoon.’
The station is shorthanded (again) as most resources have been diverted to ...more
The third book in the Cormac Reilly series was better than the second one, I didn't find obvious plot holes or completely unbelievable situations. Cormac Reilly is, yet again, in trouble and gets suspended. One of his people, Garda Peter Fisher, is sent away to Galway, while he's under investigation for killing a suspect. Peter Fisher's story took a bigger slice of the novel. He's got work issues and personal issues, as he's working in his home town, next to his father, whom he despises.