They say human life is the most precious thing. The Collector doesn’t agree.
When world renowned archaeologist Philip Carlton suddenly and unexpectedly commits suicide, the police are called to investigate. Heading up the investigation is Detective Lucy O’Hara, a Forensic Linguist – and she immediately sees something is wrong with the suicide note. In her gut, she knows this was cold-blooded murder.
Battling sceptical superiors and the Irish establishment, Lucy digs for the truth and begins to uncover a shadowy trade in ancient artifacts led by a mysterious figure known only as ‘The Collector’.
As Lucy works to uncover his identity, she soon realises she is up against a ruthless mastermind who is systematically eliminating anyone who might lead her to him. But Lucy won’t give up and soon The Collector turns his attention to her…
The Collector – the first in a gripping new series featuring Detective Lucy O’Hara.
John Maher has published five novels and a collection of short stories. He has won national awards for radio play and short story with RTE in Ireland. His novel, The Luck Penny, was shortlisted for debut novel on BBC Radio 5.
A former teacher and lecturer, he holds a Phd from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London).
He lives in a small Irish village, between the Atlantic and the Irish Sea, from which he steals away, from time to time, to visit the world outside the island.
THE COLLECTOR will be his first novel published with Inkubator Books.
This was a fast paced crime ride as detective and forensic linguist Lucy O’Hara unravels what at first glance seems to be an unfortunate suicide but turns out to be part of an international conspiracy masterminded by the mysterious Collector.
Gripping and enjoyable, I look forward to the next book in the series as Lucy is an interesting character and I want to see how forensic linguistics can be applied to other crimes.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.