Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Rúin, will be published in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany in 2018. The Rúin is the first in a new detective series and introduces DS Cormac Reilly, a truly 21st-century policeman far from the cliché of that troubled loner cop. The second Cormac Reilly novel will be published in 2019.

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget …

Responding to a call that took him to a decrepit country house, young Garda Cormac Reilly found two silent, neglected children – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack. Their mother lay dead upstairs.

Since then Cormac’s had twenty high-flying years working as a detective in Dublin, and he’s come back to Galway for reasons of his own. As he struggles to navigate the politics of a new police station, Maude and Jack return to haunt him.

What ties a recent suicide to that death from so long ago? And who among his new colleagues can Cormac really trust?

Betrayal is at the heart of this unsettling small-town noir and the Ireland it portrays. In a country where the written law isn’t the only one, The Rúin asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t — or won’t