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The Eloquence of the Dead (A Joe Swallow Novel)

The Eloquence of the Dead (A Joe Swallow Novel)


by Conor Brady

'Bodies can tell you a lot. There can be an eloquence about the dead. But you have to be able to interpret what they are telling you'

Trade paperback | 376pp | ISBN 9781848402997 | Release Date: 01 October 2013

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When a Dublin Pawnbroker is found murdered and the lead suspect goes missing, Sergeant Joe Swallow is handed the poisoned chalice of the investigation. With authorities pressing for a quick resolution, the public living in fear of attack and the newspapers happy to point to the police's every mistake, Swallow must use every trick in his arsenal to crack the case. On the way he uncovers deep-rooted corruption, discovers the power of new, scientific detection techniques and encounters a ruthless adversary. Following leads from Trim to the Tower of London, The Eloquence of the Dead is the second of the Joe Swallow books and is a fast-paced and gripping crime thriller from the pen of a truly talented writer.


He has given us a compelling and memorable central character in the shape of Detective Swallow...If the RTÉ drama department are looking for something to fill a Love/Hate-sized hole in next year’s schedule, they could do worse than look at the continuing development, and adventures, of Detective Joe Swallow.
— Irish Independent

Praise for A June Of Ordinary Murders:

delivers with surprising panache, and by the time of its cliff-hanger conclusion the reader will be absorbed by the ride and eager for more.
— Irish Independent
a multi-layered tale that offers much more than plot twists and narrative thrills.
— The Irish Times
Brady weaves a police procedural that does full justice to the complex nature of the social, political and criminal labyrinth that was Dublin. I enjoyed the book tremendously.
— Declan Burke, Crime Always Pays blog
Impressive in its research and detail, Like a road movie set in your neighbourhood, it delivers a thrilling sense of the familiar lit with the profane.
— Sunday Independent