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Called in to investigate the brutal death of Robert Ovens, an eccentric and enigmatic American, Dublin sleuth Peter McGarr discovers he may be blamed for the theft of a bombing report implicating the I.R.A....

Title : McGarr And The Politician's Wife
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ISBN : 9780684148519
Format Type : Other Book
Number of Pages : 404 Pages
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McGarr And The Politician's Wife Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-04-03 22:58

    The writing is good in terms of humor, but the women are described in terms of looks, and your new f__ buddy and the commander's wife just help out and no one blinks?

  • Johnny
    2019-03-30 17:01

    Although Death of an Irish Politician is supposed to be the first case featuring Peter McGarr in Bartholomew Gill’s series of mysteries (Death of an Irish Sea Wolf, Death of an Irish Lover, and Death of a Joyce Scholar--guess “Irish” would have been redundant in that last one). This is one of those series where I’ve discovered the books piecemeal and had the joy of discovering the characters from cross-cuts at various points in their lives. In Death of an Irish Politician, we see McGarr and his lovely wife, Noreen, and he experiences the transition from international police work (Interpol) and tries to establish a reputation and home in Dublin. His past is a double-edged sword. On the positive side of the spectrum, he is considered a famous detective. On the negative side of the spectrum, he isn’t part of the “old boy” network. On the negative side of the spectrum, he is tainted with his sympathy for the Irish Republican Army; on the positive side, he has lots of contacts in the IRA that provide timely information at various times. In short, Gill presents McGarr as something of a microcosm of Ireland itself—resentful of Cromwell’s ancient oppression, longing for authentic freedom, and living under suspicion no matter what is done.The ambivalent position of McGarr plays a pivotal role in Death of an Irish Politician because a portion of the plot turns on the IRA connection and, through much of the book, suspicion rests on McGarr. It’s the classic example of the detective having to clear himself in order to solve the mystery, yet, it has a more interesting feel as one senses that McGarr is functioning within webs contrived from more than one direction. Indeed, the conspiracy against McGarr enables Gill to sprinkle “red herrings” from several directions with regard to the central murder investigation because one doesn’t know whether the evidence which pops up is germane to the murder investigation, the conspiracy against McGarr, or both. Although most of the story takes place in a suburb of Dublin proper, one does get a guided tour of the “Castle” (I only saw this remnant of oppression from the outside when I was there and, even then, I mentally asked the question that Gill implies in the book, why would the police assume this symbol of foreign oppression as their headquarters for keeping the peace? At the time, I hoped that the “Castle” had become a symbol of transition and the power of the Irish people to adapt with changing times. Yet, I get no such optimism from Gill’s perspective. We also get a glimpse of Trinity College during the “investigation,” a penthouse view of St. Stephen’s Green, and can practically smell the sea as Gill takes us to Dun Laoghaire harbor. Perhaps, the sights of Dublin are not as prolific as in the funeral procession in Ulysses, but they are certainly more recognizable (alas, Davy Byrnes Pub doesn’t make an appearance in this story).Death of an Irish Politician contains both literal and figurative deaths. It offers a conflicted view of modern Ireland (written before the current relative peace) and a complex view of “the troubles.” This is one of several books I’ve read this year that, at least, have “the troubles” as a back-drop. Some people might think the use of “the troubles” to be a conceit or macguffin as opposed to a challenging and thoughtful consideration. I believe Gill presents a balanced view of sympathy for a united Ireland and horror over the atrocities committed in the name of that grand goal. Of course, it’s hard for someone outside the conflict to judge, but I thought Gill did a wonderful job of using that fact of life well.Death of an Irish Politician has some intriguing puzzles and enough procedural narrative to give one a sense of solving the case, but I’m not certain the mystery itself is strong enough to hold the reader’s interest without some understanding of the “Irish situation” or a desire to care about the cast of characters Gill started to assemble in this volume. It isn’t too weak for my taste, but if one doesn’t care about the setting, it might be too timid for the average mystery aficionado.

  • Eric_W
    2019-04-19 00:12

    If you enjoy anything Irish, you will very much like this nice little mystery. Chief Inspector McGarr, know for his innate ability to think like a criminal and thus anticipate their moves, a trait the French considered uniquely Irish (you’ll have to read the book to understand why that little section brought a smile.) Some very nice, evocative images: “The beach of pulverized oyster shells made one color with the seafoam, driving mist, ashen skies, and cottages in Kilronan: a grey as glossy as from a tube of oil paint. Upon this background, the beach boat, the tanned faces and wet woolen clothes of the crew, oars over their shoulders, seemed to be imposed starkly in too sharp a focus.”Lots of references to the Troubles and the relationship of the British police to the native Irish. When we visited there two years ago, a friend noted the community we intended to visit had been a hotbed of Protestant/Catholic tension and the shuttered police fortress was a reminder of the ill-feeling toward the British that existed in Northern Ireland.I liked the Irish feel, the images, and the characters but found the plot to be a bit convoluted and excessively devious. Good read, nevertheless. Probably 3.5 stars.First in a series. I will read more.Originally published in 1977, I suspect this new Kindle version has been expurgated and changed to update it to a more recent time.

  • Hillary Moldovan
    2019-03-26 20:19

    really disappointing ... but gave up after 4 pages: if one adjective would be fine, this author uses four or five! Over-done descriptions of little things (a person's coat and EVERYTHING they were wearing) ... things that are best left for us to discover about a character as we read. Really getting tired of over-written details of unimportant stuff ...

  • James
    2019-03-24 21:00

    First read of this author. Interesting and delightful book. Reader certainly steeped in Irish atmosphere and a bit of recent Irish history. Believable plot. CID McGarr is a character I would like to indulge in again.

  • Dan Hiner
    2019-04-18 19:13

    I did not finish the book....did not hold my attention.

  • Rich Saskal
    2019-03-31 23:56

    This book, the debut of a long-running Peter McGarr detective series, confounded my expectations in a couple of ways.I went into this pretty cold, seeking not much more than a bit of Irish ambiance. It was a bit more cerebral than I had expected. The protagonist avoids some of the detective cliches -- he doesn't seem to be haunted, his mental health seems fine, he's happily married. That was kind of refreshing; and the book was more cerebral than I expected, for lack of a better word. There was a case to solve, but the book was really about McGarr fighting the good fight to keep himself from being undermined by Irish internal government politics, amid corruption and jockeying for position.The book was published in 1977, so it was an interesting journey to a different time as well as a different place.I'm not dying to find out what happens next, but I'll be happy to pick up the next installment at some point.

  • Mary
    2019-03-25 21:01

    I was not too impressed with this first book in the Peter McGarr series but wanted to read the first one before starting on another. I guess it was just getting used to the atmosphere and character development. But the book was short so I persevered. Now that I've started another, I'm enjoying the later story much more.

  • Carole
    2019-04-02 00:14

    Peter McGarr (and his wife) open a window into the lives of the Irish who tried to stay apart from the "troubles" but remain loyal Irishmen. Working for the police but having a more worldly view due to his Interpol workexperience, McGarr appears to bring something special to his role and make me want to read of his further adventures.

  • Charlene
    2019-03-19 17:54

    I've read two, much later, books in this series so interesting to read a reprint of the original 1970s beginning of the series. An interesting look at Ireland at a particular moment in its history; the time (the Troubles still going on, the Irish boom still in the future) plays a large role in the plot. Peter McGarr is a chief who does his own sleuthing and leaves the administering to others.

  • Jan C
    2019-04-08 16:53

    I've been enjoying this series for years. Good to finally find the first in the series.Didn't really know that the North and the South of Ireland had different whiskeys. "A tax attorney could get the case thrown out of court." To me, this is a reference to my former life. There are tax attorneys and there are tax attorneys.

  • Babette
    2019-03-24 21:04

    I finally found this book at Foul Play, my favorite mystery book shop in Columbus, Ohio. I enjoyed it most for the view into the workings of the IRA and the political views of some citizens. McGarr and his team are intelligent, and McGarr's wife enhances the team in a most enjoyable way.

  • Lbd
    2019-03-21 22:14

    If you like british mysteries this is an author you might enjoy. Good twists and turns, well described settings. You can almost smell the peat smoke and hear the brogue of the land. Peter McGarr is our protagonist and he doesn't fail in getting his culprit!

  • Dawn (& Ron)
    2019-03-21 00:19

    Read by Ron/b> Enjoyed The Death of an Irish Sea Wolf and had to go back and start the series from the beginning.

  • Joe O'Connor
    2019-04-11 00:17

    Very Good; Continuing character: Inspector Peter McGarr (first in series); an American sailor has his head bashed in and suspects are numerous, including the inspector himself who is aided by an able staff and his wife

  • LDuchess
    2019-03-25 00:15

    So good, it kept me from my gardening! (1st in series)

  • Sean
    2019-04-06 19:17

    started out with some promise but after about 75 pages I completely lost interest.

  • Susan
    2019-03-30 22:13

    I forgot about this series. I need to get back to it.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-10 22:18

    Book one - also read : The Death of an Irish Tinker: A Peter McGarr Mystery