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The Ruin

(2018)
(The first book in the Cormac Reilly series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Barry Awards Best Paperback original
“Compelling, unexpected twists and a hold-your breath standoff . . . Hand this one to readers of Tana French and to police-procedural fans.” —Booklist

It's been twenty years since Detective Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling home. But he's never forgotten the two children she left behind...


When Aisling Conroy's boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib in Ireland, the police tell her it was suicide. She throws herself into work, trying to forget—but Jack's sister Maude reappears in Ireland after years abroad, determined to prove Jack was murdered.

Meanwhile, Detective Cormac Reilly, who was recently transferred to Galway from his squad in Dublin, is assigned to dig into a cold case from twenty years ago—the seeming overdose of Jack and Maude's drug and alcohol addled mother. Other detectives are connecting Jack’s death to his mother’s, and pushing Reilly to arrest Maude, and fast. But instinct tells him something isn’t quite what it seems…

This unsettling small-town noir draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland, where corruption, desperation, and crime run rife. A gritty look at trust and betrayal where the written law isn't the only one, The Ruin asks who will protect you when the authorities can't—or won't.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Loved every page . . . Cormac Reilly is a brilliant new character, so real you can hear his footsteps on the stairs. Utterly gripping, brilliantly executed story." - Sam Blake

"THE RUIN is as convincing as it is multi-layered, as compelling as it is complex . . . Dervla is a future star of the genre." - Chris Brookmyre

"Intelligent, compassionate and believable." - Sinéad Crowley

"Fans of Tana French will love McTiernan's expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden." - Karen Dionne

"Heartbreaking and heart-stopping." - Caz Frear

"There are not many books that will keep me reading from start to finish but Dervla McTiernan's THE RUIN did just that . . . An excellent story, very well written . . . this one was a winner for me!" - Alex Gray

"Excellently written and at times, heartcatchingly sad." - Marian Keyes

"A terrific read." - Liz Nugent


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Hardback Editions

December 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Ruin (Cormac Reilly)
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 1-64358-013-2 / 978-1-64358-013-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
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Paperback Editions

September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ruin: The gripping crime thriller you won't want to miss (The Cormac Reilly Series)
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 0-7515-6931-3 / 978-0-7515-6931-5 (UK edition)
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July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ruin: A Novel
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 0-14-313312-8 / 978-0-14-313312-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ruin: 'As moving as it is fast-paced' Val McDermid (The Cormac Reilly Series)
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 0-7515-6930-5 / 978-0-7515-6930-8 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

July 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Ruin: A Novel (Cormac Reilly)
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 1-5385-4330-3 / 978-1-5385-4330-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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July 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Ruin: Library Edition (Cormac Reilly)
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 1-5385-4329-X / 978-1-5385-4329-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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July 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Ruin: A Novel (Cormac Reilly)
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 1-5385-4331-1 / 978-1-5385-4331-3 (USA edition)
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July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ruin
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July 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ruin
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March 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Ruin
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March 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ruin
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March 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Ruin
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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February 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Ruin: 1
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 1-4607-9593-8 / 978-1-4607-9593-4 (Australia edition)
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February 2018 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: The Ruin: 1
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
ISBN: 1-4607-9594-6 / 978-1-4607-9594-1 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/HarperCollins audio
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Kindle Editions

July 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Ruin: A Novel
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
Publisher: Penguin Books
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March 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Ruin: The gripping crime thriller you won't want to miss (The Cormac Reilly Series Book 1)
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
Publisher: Sphere
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Ruin (Cormac Reilly Book 1)
Author(s): Dervla McTiernan
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon AU