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"First Communion: A Collection Of Modern Irish Stories"

Glynn excels at crafting multi-layered storylines and then filling them with an ever-increasing paranoic dread that will reel you in from the first page.

In Bloodlands we meet investigative journalist Jimmy Gilroy, who unravels a bizarre series of fatal or near fatal coincidences that all point to the same source and soon begin to threaten his life.

Glynn’s cinematic skill is evident as ever, and Bloodlands, which has already won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award, looks certain to transition from the page to the silver screen with the ease of his debut shocker. Lots of thriller can entertain you, but Glynn’s is that rare thing -- it also makes you think.
Picador, $16.

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