by Alan Glynn
Cover Artist: Photo: Maria Buckley
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312539221
Date: 02 February 2010 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
All of Dublin is excited about the construction of its first skyscraper, Richmond Plaza, especially billionaire land developer Paddy Norton who is the owner of Winterland Properties. He is good friends with Larry Bolger, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment who is his Party's shoe in for prime minister. Norton's associate, Noel Rafferty, a structural engineer working on the Richmond Plaza, is killed when his car crashes into a ravine. Noel's sister Gina doesn't believe his death was an accident. Somehow, it is related to the gangland murder of her drug dealing nephew who was also named Noel Rafferty. As Gina investigates her brother's death, she learns that it is tied in with a similar car accident that occurred twenty-five years ago and killed Larry Bolger's brother, Frank. Torture, murder, and mayhem ensue as Gina's investigation brings her closer to the shocking truth. From official release/information:
Product Description: Winterland is a blistering unputdownable novel about power, lies and the corrupting influence of money. It is the first in a series on the dark and clandestine underside of globalization and announces a compelling new voice in contemporary crime writing.
The worlds of business, politics and crime collide when two men with the same name, from the same family, die on the same nightóone death is a gangland murder, the other, apparently, a road accident. Was it a coincidence? That's the official version of events. But when a family member, Gina Rafferty, starts asking questions, this notion quickly unravels.Devastated by her loss, Gina's grief is tempered, and increasingly fuelled, by angeróbecause the more she's told that it was all a coincidence, that gangland violence is commonplace, that people die on our roads every day of the week, the less she's prepared to accept it. Told repeatedly that she should stop asking questions, Gina becomes more determined than ever to find out the truth, to establish a connection between the two deathsóbut in doing so she embarks on a path that will push certain powerful people to their limits...
(Source: Minotaur Books)