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The Scholar

The Scholar

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2006, 2014: The heir apparent to Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company is found murdered…

  • ISBN: 978-0751569339
  • Genre: Crime, Police Procedural

What you need to know before your trail

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 never have been assigned to him.

The investigation promises to be high profile and high pressure: the dead girl is carrying an ID, that of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, including the laboratory where Emma works.

As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to the lab 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 . .

Travel Guide

Welcome to Dublin and Galway McTiernan style

This Ireland set read is firmly entrenched in the world of big pharmaceuticals,. These big companies are often involved in numerous research projects and other, more secretive, work which many people know nothing about. The novel is set in Galway for the most part, but really the landscape is one of secretive projects with the big players of the (legal) drugs world.

The lead detective on the case  –  Cormac – finds out that his girlfriend Emma could even be connected to the case in some way. This case tests more than his police skills. It’s about power and connection, secrets and money. Family connections are more important than ever before too.

Booktrailer Review



This really is turning out to be a cracking series set in Ireland. Cormac and his girlfriend once lived in Dublin and are now living in Galway. You’d think the smaller city might have less dramatic cases but, oh no, this one takes you right into the heart of the world of the drug giants – well the pharmaceutical giants.

Someone linked to the biggest player has been found dead and Cormac’s girlfriend might have some kind of link to the case. Oh it doesn’t get much closer to home than this. A cracking premise from the off and Galway comes across loud and clear. Most is set in the pharma company itself and it’s a shocking insight and impression in to how these places might well operate in the real world, how much power money really does have and how absolute power really does corrupt absolutely.

This is a strong second book after The Ruin and it should be on your TBR pile asap. It’s what Cormac would want. And we like him, so do the right thing.

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Destination: Galway, Dublin Author/Guide: Dervla McTiernan   Departure Time:  2006, 2014

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