New Publication: The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel

Recently published – The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel (Palgrave Macmillan), Ed. Elizabeth Mannion

Hardback 9781137539397


Irish detective fiction has enjoyed an international readership for over a decade, appearing on best-seller lists across the globe. But its breadth of hard-boiled and amateur detectives, historical fiction, and police procedurals has remained somewhat marginalized in academic scholarship. Exploring the work of some of its leading writers—including Peter Tremayne, John Connolly, Declan Hughes, Ken Bruen, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Tana French, Jane Casey, and Benjamin Black—The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel opens new ground in Irish literary criticism and genre studies. It considers the detective genre’s position in Irish Studies and the standing of Irish authors within the detective novel tradition.



Introduction – A Path to Emerald Noir: The Rise of the Irish Detective Novel; Elizabeth Mannion

  1. Hello Dálaigh: Peter Tremayne’s Sister Fidelma; Nancy Marck Cantwell
  2. A ‘honeycomb world’: John Connolly’s Charlie Parker Series; Brian Cliff
  3. ‘Where no kindness goes unpunished’: Declan Hughes’s Dublin; Charlotte J. Headrick
  4. Detecting Hope: Ken Bruen’s Disenchanted P.I.; Andrew Kincaid
  5. Negotiating Borders: Inspector Devlin and Shadows of the Past; Carol Baraniuk
  6. ‘The place you don’t belong’: Stuart Neville’s Belfast; Fiona Coffey
  7. Voicing the Unspeakable: Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad; Shirley Peterson
  8. ‘Irish by blood and English by accident’: Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan; Elizabeth Mannion
  9. Quirke, the 1950s, and Leopold Bloom; Audrey McNamara