The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

the scholar

Book Description

When Detective Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run early one morning, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him.

The dead girl is carrying an ID, that of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy – it has funded Emma’s own ground-breaking research. The investigation into Carline’s death promises to be high profile and high pressure.

As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but how well does he really know her? After all, this isn’t the first time Emma’s been accused of murder…

Book Review

The book starts with a flash back to 2006, where a young girl called Carline Darcey hears of the death of her (very rich) father in a skiing accident on the television news.  Horrified at the thought of going back to live with her mother she heads off to the home of her millionaire grandfather to ask if she can instead live with him.

2014 Galway.  Detective Cormac Reily, whom we meet in the first novel, gets an alarming phone call from his girlfriend Emma.  Emma is working at the lab of Darcy Therapeutics.  On her way into work one evening she finds the body of a young woman.  Clearly dead, it looks like a horrific hit and run accident.  It appears, from the lab pass found in the woman’s back pocket, that she is Carline Darcy, now working at the lab for her studies at university.  But as Cormac deliberates whether or not to take on the case, he finds Carline in her apartment alive and well.

I really enjoyed The Ruin, the 1st book in the Cormac Reily series so was pleased to get approval from Netgalley for this 2nd book.  Again another great believable page turner, with characters that you want to believe in and get to know.  Even the lesser characters are dealt with with the same amount of care and attention to detail making the reader care about all aspects of the story line.

I liked the relationships Cormac has with his fellow co workers, both good and not so good.  Everyone has a purpose to the story along with a nice story line of their own.  Like The Ruin there is no padding out with unnecessary description or irrelevant parts of the story as each chapter has a great content and pace, keeping the reader interested and wanting to read on.

A great police procedural/crime story novel and a great character in Cormac.  This series will now be a automatic read for me.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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