Fenian Street

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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2022

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An unsolved murder investigation in 1970s Ireland from “one of Canada’s finest novelists” — Ottawa Review of Books


Shay Rynne grew up in the Corporation Flats — public housing — in Fenian Street, Dublin. He has always toyed with the idea of joining the Garda Síochána, the Irish police. But in the early 1970s, young fellows from the tenements of Dublin have not been welcomed in the police force. When his friend Rosaleen is killed and the case goes unsolved, Shay decides to put on the uniform of a Dublin garda and sets out to find the killer.


The murder inquiry makes an enemy of the detective who failed in the first investigation. Shay knows Detective McCreevy is just waiting for the chance to get revenge. But the violent death of a prominent politician gives Shay the opportunity to prove himself, perhaps even be promoted. Shay works with the lead detective on the murder inquiry and his star is rising, until suspicion falls on a member of Shay’s own family. So Shay is off the case. Officially. Determined to clear his family name, his under-the-radar investigation takes him from an opulent mansion in Dublin to Hell’s Kitchen in New York. And his good friend Father Brennan Burke has some surprising contacts for Shay in the shadowy world of New York’s Irish mob.

An unsolved murder investigation in 1970s Ireland from “one of Canada’s finest novelists” — Ottawa Review of Books


Shay Rynne grew up in the Corporation Flats — public housing — in Fenian Street...


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Anne Emery has brightened my appetite (which was wavering) for reading again with this book.
There is nothing that I disliked about Fenian Street it was a true to life storyline set in Dublin, linked to New York mobsters and also included some of the troubles in Ireland in the 1970s.
Shay Rynne is an officer in Dublins’ Garda but having been brought up in the tenements where life was hard. He learned,to secretly sympathise with the IRA - obviously not a trait shared by his fellow workers.
There are so many aspects of life at that time including murder, bombings, spies, suffering, threats, prostitution, political strife and loyalty.
I recommend you read this with an open mind and make of it as you will but I can assure you it is well worth your time.

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