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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: McArthur & Co (Oct. 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552787397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552787397
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #691,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A native of Dublin, John Brady divides his time between Ireland and Canada, where John and his wife raise their family. He is the author of the Arthur Ellis award-winning Inspector Matt Minogue series. ISLANDBRIDGE was shortlisted for the Dashall Hammett prize.

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By macGiolla on June 13 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is another excellent mystery by John Brady. The characters are complex. The plot is complex. The result is excellent. A great read. Go Raibh Maith Agat!
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By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 19 2011
Format: Paperback
When a Polish immigrant is found beaten to death on the streets of Dublin, officer Matt Minogue is asked to investigate. Meanwhile, aspiring screen writer, Dermot Fanning, is busily researching Dublin's crime scene. Fanning wants realism in his work, and gets more than he bargained for by witnessing a barbaric dog fight (this will be hard for animal lovers to read), among other things.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Details about the grittier aspects of Dublin are terrific, Minogue's character is well drawn, and the author nicely balances the personal lives of characters with the main plot. The problem was that Fanning's lack of common sense is so annoying that I found myself speed reading through his chapters, hoping to return to Minogue's story. Minogue's investigation became disappointing as well. Too many pages are spent interviewing surly, uncooperative teens who might, or might not, know how the victim died. These scenes slow the pace and, at times, actually diminish the tension with repetitious dialogue. Happily, the action picks up again near the end but, as in real police investigations, it seems to take a long time to get results in this 360 page novel.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geta on Nov. 15 2010
Format: Paperback
Sorry, I can not read this book. I find it extremely confusing, and so much small talk stops the plot from moving along.
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
The going rate May 21 2013
By Clare O'Beara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another crime tale set in Dublin.
Sadly this is not a patch on Brady's earlier works. I blame the editor, or apparent lack of one. The production of the book is not great either: the print is ragged right edge instead of justified making it hard to read. The tale is about twice as long as it needs to be and we get chapter after chapter covering the same scenes, such as questioning four young people and their smart legal-aid lawyer and getting nothing out of them for hours on end, just because there aren't any other witnesses the police have found yet. (Hint to writers; you can skip ahead you know!) There are also a few details which are incorrect because Brady doesn't live in Ireland - a Garda car is an 'Octavia' which has never been used by them in Ireland. Here they mainly use Ford Focus and Maestro cars, occasionally others for undercover such as Audi.

The main detective is Matt Minogue, who seems fairly useless and out of place in the modern era, making no effort to get to grips, shunted off to International liaison in HQ and dealing with a sad case of a dead Polish man. His younger colleague Malone, doing much more serious work, is the only one with a clue.
A large portion of the book is the interspersed tale of a man called Fanning who wants to make a TV drama about a crime underclass. He doesn't even have a script. In his quest for reality the man pays weird people to take him to a vicious dog fight with betting, a gunrunning deal and other unpleasant places where nobody sane should be. This idiot is neglecting his own family and toadying up to anyone who might finance his ideas. Inevitably he gets in to situations he can't handle and is used by the criminals. But we saw that coming from the start, we never liked him and we have no sympathy, and why have we had to spend hours reading about this idiot and the worst people in the world?
At the very end we get a nasty crime scene for Malone and Minogue to walk into and if the editor had done any work we'd have got there a lot sooner.

I have been a huge fan of Brady and I very much encourage readers to start with Kaddish in Dublin and A Stone of The Heart, moving on to The Good Life. Those are well written literary crime stories worth reading. Brady is an Irish man living in Canada.
I couldn't finish it! Jan. 19 2013
By Robert M. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed all the previous books in this series except Islandbridge (rated it only 2 stars). This one was even worse. I put it aside twice and finally at the 33% mark I just gave up on it. Plodding, dull, uninteresting. Not sure if it's even worth reading the Coast Road. (Wish I had only bought them one at time instead buying all three ( based upon my enjoyment of the preceding books). I'll certainly not buy any further books by John Brady.
Too Much Realism? Aug. 19 2011
By Debra Purdy Kong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When a Polish immigrant is found beaten to death on the streets of Dublin, officer Matt Minogue is asked to investigate. Meanwhile, aspiring screen writer, Dermot Fanning, is busily researching Dublin's crime scene. Fanning wants realism in his work, and gets more than he bargained for by witnessing a barbaric dog fight (this will be hard for animal lovers to read), among other things.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Details about the grittier aspects of Dublin are terrific, Minogue's character is well drawn, and the author nicely balances the personal lives of characters with the main plot. The problem was that Fanning's lack of common sense is so annoying that I found myself speed reading through his chapters, hoping to return to Minogue's story. Minogue's investigation became disappointing as well. Too many pages are spent interviewing surly, uncooperative teens who might, or might not, know how the victim died. These scenes slow the pace and, at times, actually diminish the tension with repetitious dialogue. Happily, the action picks up again near the end but, as in real police investigations, it seems to take a long time to get results in this 360 page novel.

Debra
so glad that Matt Minogue is back! John Brady fans will rejoice! March 15 2011
By santera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
so glad that Matt Minogue is back! John Brady fans will rejoice! Subject matter involving a dog fight with backers to the death hard to read. I'd so much rather read about humans getting killed! ;)


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