In the Woods US



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As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Winner of the Edgar, Anthony, Barry and Macavity Awards for Best First Novel of 2007

Ambitious and extraordinary’ Washington Post

A terrific debut... As an example of a novel in which the past returns to haunt the present, this scores very high marks.’ The Times

A superior novel about cops, murder, memory, relationships, and modern Ireland...  intelligent and beautifully written ... An outstanding debut.’ Booklist (starred review)




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