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The Ruin by Dervla MctiernanAs a new, wet-behind-the-ears guard (or cop to those of us in the US) Cormac Reilly was called out to a domestic disturbance that turned out to be a death.  He finds fifteen year old Maude and her five year old brother Jack in a dilapidated home, malnourished, bruised, and broken while their mother lies dead upstairs.  He takes the pair to the hospital and while Jack is being seen to, Maude disappears, never to return.

Twenty years later, Jack is in a  happy relationship when he disappears one evening.  The guarda receive an anonymous phone call saying someone saw him jump into the river, killing himself.  His partner, Aisling is in disbelief, but accepting of the fact until Jack's long long sister Maude returns to shake things up.

This is the first in a new series focusing on Cormac Reilly.  There are SO many twists and turns in this story, making it hard to predict what will happen next.  There are so many elements at play that you'll be reading long into the night just to satisfy your curiosity.

The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan ($16.00*, Penguin Group USA), recommended by Bookmiser, Inc., Roswell, GA.