In Dublin, newly promoted detective inspector Joe Swallow’s life looks to be taking a turn for the better. In addition to his promotion, he’s settled into a comfortable arrangement with his landlady and paramour, Maria White. That is, until his newfound peace is chaotically uprooted when a series of violent attacks against women lead to an outbreak of panic and fear. Things on the homefront are about to change in an unexpected way.
In London, Charles Stewart Parnell tirelessly pursues the Irish cause for Home Rule. While the British are eager to discredit the Irish parliamentary leader and quash the growing movement towards independence, Swallow’s conflicted loyalties pull him in different directions.
As he continues his hunt for a terrifying killer, Swallow has no choice but to traverse this volatile political scene in A Hunt in Winter, Conor Brady’s thrilling third Joe Swallow mystery.
Conor Brady, former editor of The Irish Times, is the author of two histories of Irish policing and of a memoir covering his years as a journalist. He currently serves on a number of public service boards and is director of Dublin’s leading cancer support centers. Conor just became a first-time grandfather in September with the birth of Posy-Ann O’Sheehan Brady and lives in Dun Laoghaire.
Praise for the Joe Swallow mysteries:
“The second case for the talented, complicated Swallow again spins a fine mystery out of political corruption in 1880s Dublin.”
—Kirkus on The Eloquence of the Dead
“Brady weaves a police procedural that does full justice to the complex nature of the social, political and criminal labyrinth that was Dublin in the summer of 1887. He paints a vivid picture of the city as it bakes beneath the unrelenting sun, employing Joe Swallow’s sharp eye and the character’s ambitions as an amateur painter to deftly sketch both its landmarks and its less salubrious corners… Swallow himself is very much in the mould of the classic fictional policeman, a man ostensibly dedicated to upholding law and order and seeking out justice, even if, as he points out, ‘the statue of blind Justice’ at Dublin Castle ‘topped the archway with her back to the city.’”
―The Irish Times on A June of Ordinary Murders
“As in the best crime fiction, the city itself is here a kind of character―and it’s a Dublin we haven’t seen a great deal of in recent fiction… An absorbing read, cleanly written, beautifully structured and thrillingly vivid… Brady has done an excellent job of conjuring the febrile atmosphere of the city as it lurches and stumbles its way towards the War of Independence.”
―Sunday Business Post on A June of Ordinary Murders
“Delivers a thrilling sense of the familiar, lit with the profane….the pace raises the novel above the period pastiche.”
―Sunday Independent on A June of Ordinary Murders
“Brady handles the political atmosphere of the time with aplomb. A June Of Ordinary Murders pulsates with a vivid sense of a country on edge as the land wars rage and preparations get under way for a royal visit.”
―Irish Independent on A June of Ordinary Murders
“A vivid and crafty whodunit… Fans of mysteries that capture the flavor of the past will hope that Swallow has a long literary life.”
―Publishers Weekly starred review on A June of Ordinary Murders
“Brady’s powerful first mystery novel is evocative of the period. The many aspects of life in 19th-century Dublin are cleverly woven through a baffling mystery.”
―Kirkus on A June of Ordinary Murders
“Swallow is an increasingly interesting protagonist who is left to face the realities of his professional future and his closest personal relationship; readers will want to see more of him.”
―Booklist on A June of Ordinary Murders
“Making his mystery debut, former Irish Times editor Brady presents a fascinating and in-depth historical peek at crime solving in a bygone era when it took more than a few keystrokes and a phone call to catch a perp. Swallow is a complicated, earnest hero with just enough flaws to make him endearingly sympathetic.”
―Library Journal on A June of Ordinary Murders
“Conor Brady’s debut novel is a slice of history about Dublin, Ireland, and the Dublin Metropolitan police, intertwined with a first-rate murder mystery, and peopled by characters both complex and realistic.”
―NY Journal of Books on A June of Ordinary Murders
“Like all great historical fiction, A June of Ordinary Murders stuns us into fresh recognition of a period we thought we knew – and as if that weren’t enough, hides all of its meticulous research inside a superbly engaging mystery. Get in on the ground floor. Conor Brady is the real deal.”
―Charles Finch, USA Today bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries on A June of Ordinary Murders