FENIAN STREET

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ISBN: 9781770413887
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Summary

Shay Rynne grew up in the Corporation Flats — public housing — in Fenian Street, Dublin. He has always toyed with the idea of joining the Garda Síochána, the Irish police. But in the early 1970s, young lads from the tenements of Dublin have not been welcomed in the police force. When his friend Rosaleen is killed and the case goes unsolved, Shay decides to put on the uniform of a Dublin garda and sets out to find the killer.

The murder inquiry makes an enemy of the detective who failed in the first investigation. Shay knows Detective McCreevy is just waiting for the chance to get revenge. But the violent death of a prominent politician gives Shay the opportunity to prove himself, perhaps even be promoted. Shay works with the lead detective on the murder inquiry and his star is rising, until suspicion falls on a member of Shay’s own family. So Shay is off the case. Officially. Determined to clear his family name, his under-the-radar investigation takes him from an opulent mansion in Dublin to Hell’s Kitchen in New York. And his good friend Father Brennan Burke has some surprising contacts for Shay in the shadowy world of New York’s Irish mob.

Reviews

An unsolved murder investigation in 1970s Ireland from “one of Canada’s finest novelists.”

 

Ottawa Review of Books



Impeccably researched, richly atmospheric, and with a spellbinding plot. 

 

Jim Napier, author of the Colin McDermott Mysteries. 



This is the twelfth book in a series featuring Father Burke, but you wouldn’t know it from the story which is the perfectly set-up stand-alone tale of Shay and, by extension, life in the poorer parts of Dublin at the time and the political and social history of the Irish-British duality. The use of dialect and idiom is excellent (I can hear my Uncle Jim in every word of it) and is part of the enjoyment of the book.  . . . the characters are all loquacious (indeed Shay’s father’s nickname is ‘Talkie’). The actual mystery and the procedural elements are subservient to the wider ambience.


Denis Wheller, NetGalley



Fenian Street by Anne Emery was an engaging story of the life of a boy from the Dublin slums who became a garda and proved himself worthy of the title. . . .   It was more a slice of life than a plot with several smaller plots happening during the retelling. Emery did a wonderful job, bring this life to the people. 

 

Anne Marshall, NetGalley



From larger than life characters, to locations, to the language this book really brought 1970s Dublin to life. Even my favourite Dublin haunt - Mulligans - got a mention.

A lot of Irish history in this one and though I am fairly well versed I picked up a few things I hadn’t known about. The tensions of the time are really well portrayed and the book has evidently been really well researched. . . . a compelling and vivid read.  

Fran Woodrow, NetGalley



I have read and reviewed several of Anne Emery’s book on this blog. I have always found them enjoyable and interesting reads. So I’ll start this review as I started the review of The Keening. “This book is both a good mystery novel and historical fiction.” . . .  A complicated and interesting story. . . . if you enjoy a good mystery, especially one set in Ireland, you might want to add this to your to-be-read list.


Jack Reidy, NetGalley



Intrguing read. I didn’t want to finish the book because it was so good. I enjoyed the story set in 1970s Dublin and New York. The characters are drawn out well. I would look out for other Anne Emery Books. 

 

Sparkling Green, NetGalley



Anne Emery has brightened my appetite (which was wavering) for reading again with this book. There is nothing that I disliked about Fenian Street it was a true to life storyline set in Dublin, linked to New York mobsters and also included some of the troubles in Ireland in the 1970s. 

I recommend you read this with an open mind and make of it as you will but I can assure you it is well worth your time.


Loraine Philliban, NetGalley



I am not Irish but I married into an Irish family with branches in the north and south of the beautiful, tragic island of Ireland and to this reader Fenian Street is told with a wholly authentic voice. The characters, both real and imagined, are well described and easy to identify and empathise with or to rail against, depending on your perspective. The various elements that make up the book - history, politics, murder, gangsterism and associated shenanigans - are well mixed and well balanced to provide a very rewarding read. 

 

Tony McMullin, NetGalley



Being of Irish Descent this was such an interesting but emotive read for me and gave me a lot to talk to my grandparents about. I really enjoyed it, it was well written with a compelling and somewhat brutal storyline that highlighted courage in the face of discrimination. The characters were well developed and believable. I enjoyed it. 

 

Aria Harlow, NetGalley



I really enjoyed this book and I thank Netgalley and the Publisher for allowing me to read this story. The author used both factual people and events, as well as fictional people and events to tell this tale. I liked some of these characters very much and it helped me get a take of what was going on between Ireland and Britian in these sometimes violent times. Anne Emery let you get to know all the main characters and you grew to love and understand them. . . . I also love that this is written by a Canadian author.

 

Mary Ellen Anaka