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A Day in the Life of Louis Bloom

Day in the Life of Louis Bloom

McCusker thought he had it made when he took early retirement from the Ulster Police force with a handsome pay-out. That is, until his wife ran off with their nest egg, forcing him back to work as a rent-a-cop. McCusker is not always inclined to pick up his phone at midnight, especially on evenings spent with his new lover; but when the caller is the police superintendent, and the missing person is not only Belfast's foremost public intellectual, but the top-cop's brother-in-law, well... it's a good thing McCusker leaves the ringer on.

This, his second outing, takes him from the historic Botanic Gardens, through the ancient Friar's Bush Graveyard to the hallowed halls of learning at Queens University, where he and DI Lily O'Carroll encounter enough scandal and deceit to rival even the most venal of governments. Between a tax-evading pot dealer, a pack of dysfunctional academics, a disinherited older brother, charismatic escorts, and a shadowy American, McCusker and O'Carroll have much to parse as they uncover each subject's truths and motivations. Of course, nobody has a good alibi—and to top it off, McCusker's estranged wife shows up out of the blue. As McCusker and O'Carroll stumble through a hall of mirrors to build a case, they uncover a criminal empire, and the body count rises.

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Dufour Editions, hardcover, September 2018, ISBN: 978-0802313621

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"A welcome return for Brendy McCusker... Charles crafts with such a careful eye on the sparks that can fly—some of them charming, some witty, some downright menacing—between characters who don't happen to see eye to eye, or sometimes even to be operating in the same galaxy. Once again, it's hard to resist a hero who realizes, 'He just had a habit of opening his mouth and not knowing what was going to come out."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"Charles's skillful depiction of the many sides of love and its strange bypaths lifts this clever novel well above the genre average."
   —Publishers Weekly

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Down on Cyprus Avenue

Down on Cyprus Avenue

In the first of a new series, McCusker, a retired RUC policeman originally stationed in Portrush on the north-west coast of Northern Ireland, returns to work as an agency cop—A Yellow Top—following his wife's flight to America with their nest egg. On his first major case in Belfast he partners with DI Lily O'Carroll to locate the two missing sons of a wealthy business man. But before that case is solved, an American banker working in Belfast is brutally murdered down on leafy Cyprus Avenue and McCusker and O'Carroll are put on the case. While the list of suspects grows even longer, McCusker finds himself juggling his move to Belfast, O'Carroll's frequent blind dates, his status as a hired back rent-a-cop, and being a single man in modern day Belfast and trying really hard not to be distracted by Belfast's beautiful women—one mysterious one in particular. There is no relief when McCusker and O'Carroll eventually find a suspect only to discover the suspect in question has a water-tight alibi. Only one of the detectives believes the alibi is genuine.

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Dufour Editions, hardcover, November 2014, ISBN: 978-0802313584

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Reviews


"Readers will definitely want to see more of Brendy McCusker."
   —Booklist

"...with this twist-filled tale of betrayal and revenge."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Continuously absorbing"
   —Kirkus Reviews


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