When DS Cormac Reilly’s girlfriend Emma stumbles across the victim of a hit and run early one morning, he is first on the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID, that of Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland’s most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy – it has funded Emma’s own
ground-breaking research. The investigation into Carline’s death promises to be high profile and high pressure.
As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn’t be involved, but how well does he really know her? After all, this isn’t the first time Emma’s been accused of murder…
I was a huge fan of “The Ruin” so was very much looking forward to reading this, the follow up due in March 2019.
Once again this author immediately sucked me into Cormac’s world, the beautifully descriptive sense she brings to both character and place is gorgeously immersive, the challenges faced here different but still utterly compelling.
Money talks, the rich are different, in The Scholar this finds Cormac once more fighting a political minefield as he tries to solve a most horrific murder – whilst protecting his girlfriend Emma, caught up accidentally in the aftermath. Or at least he hopes accidentally…
The Scholar is a brilliant literary mystery set in the world of big pharmaceuticals, of research and secret projects, a foreign world to most of us and one that challenges Cormac in his search for the truth. It is also a very human story, of family and connection, of love and the lengths we’ll go to in order to protect what is important to us.
It is unpredictable and beautifully plotted, with twists of story and character, I loved every minute.
Fascinating, emotional and completely addictive, The Scholar just confirms my view that Dervla McTiernan is one to watch, not only in 2019 but beyond.