ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Hannah Rokeby has applied to work on a project that examines condemned prisoners' appeals, aiming to save innocent people from death row. Something seems amiss from the beginning, as she inveigles her way into a closed intake and a particular case; her motives are murky to say the least, and her methods turn out to be unethical. Interspersed between these activities are diary entries from 25 years ago, which we realise are her mother's. As Hannah pursues her own desire for justice and revenge on behalf of her mother, she doesn't understand that justice can come at a high price indeed, and innocence is relative… Unlike McTiernan's previous Galway police-centred novels, this one is a legal procedural story set in America so it's quite different - but like the Cormac Reilly books, it is a finely crafted story with a very interesting set-up! Lindy
Dervla McTiernan's debut novel, The Ruin, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller published around the world. The Ruin won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction and the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list in 2018 and screen rights were snapped up by Hopscotch Features. Dervla's second book, The Scholar, debuted into the Nielsen Bookscan Top 5 on release in 2019, and her third, The Good Turn, went straight to no.1, confirming her place as one of Australia's best crime writers. Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, Dervla practised as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full time.