Life is weighing heavily on Garda detective Thomas Barrett when he and his partner, Squirrel Murray, begin to investigate a routine murder. . . But the routine murder shows links to an online male prostitution operation and a quashed political scandal from the 1970s that led to Barrett's father's death. Solving the case forces Barrett to reopen old wounds, both his own and those of his country. The Irish have long memories, and the country's politics are as Byzantine as any; those qualities are both the challenge and the pleasure of Barry's atmospheric thriller. Contemporary Ireland is one of the wealthiest countries in Europe, but "the Troubles" are only a generation past. Barry knows the Irleand of yesterday and today, and he writes for an audience equally well versed. That may deter some American readers, but those willing to supply their own backstory will be rewarded.
Used availability for Jack Barry's Miss Katie Regrets
June 2006 : UK Paperback