Dervla McTiernan's debut novel The Rúin (2018) is the first in a series of police procedurals set mainly around Galway.
Responding to a call that takes him to a decrepit country house, young Garda Cormac Reilly finds two silent, neglected children – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Upstairs is their mother.
Twenty years later, after working in the special detective unit in Dublin, Reilly is now stationed in County Galway. Why did he quit the unit? What ties a recent suicide to that death from so long ago? And who can he trust among his new colleagues at the police station?
About the author
Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, studied corporate law at NUI Galway and the Law Society of Ireland, and practised as a lawyer for 12 years. After the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia in 2011, where she now lives.
Val McDermid named her as one of four "New Blood" debut crime novelists for 2018 at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in England.