Brian McGilloway Books

Brian McGilloway is a New York Times bestselling author that writes crime fiction set in Northern Ireland.

Order of DS Lucy Black Series

# Read Title Published
1 Little Girl Lost 2011
2 Hurt 2013
3 Someone You Know 2013
4 An extract from Hurt (Short Story) 2013
5 The Forgotten Ones 2014
6 Preserve The Dead 2015
7 Bad Blood 2017

Order of Inspector Devlin Series

# Read Title Published
1 Borderlands 2007
2 Gallows Lane 2008
3 Bleed a River Deep 2009
4 The Rising 2010
5 The Nameless Dead 2012
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Brian was born in 1974 in Derry, North Ireland. The author was lucky enough to grow up with parents who loved to read. Their home was always brimming with books and looking at the covers and titles always piqued the author’s interest, leaving him wondering what possibly lay within each book’s pages.

Brian has since realized the importance of children living in a home filled with books and where parents can be seen taking a keen interest in reading. The author has made every effort to transfer his love for literature to his children.

Interestingly enough, Brian’s interest in crime fiction wasn’t ignited until he was much older. The author attended Queens University Belfast where he studied English and participated in the theatrical productions of the institution. While Brian enjoyed pursuing literature in the formal setting, the author was happy when he finally graduated because he could now read whatever he wanted rather than what he was expected to read.

Even though Brian McGilloway had watched Crime Drama’s like Inspector Morse intently with his father as a young man, it wasn’t until the author walked into a bookstore after his graduation and picked up a few crime novels of his own choosing that Brian stumbled upon a passion for mystery and crime fiction he didn’t know he had. After consuming the tales of detectives like Rebus and Morse, the author grew so concerned that their eras were at an end and that he couldn’t get his fix of his favorite crime dramas that the author decided he would fill that gap with his own groundbreaking crime fiction.

Most of Brian McGilloway’s novels are set in Northern Ireland. The author admits that growing up during the Troubles in Ireland has shaped the perspective of his stories. As a child, Brian saw a lot of people do a lot of wrong for various reasons. There was a time when lawmakers and criminals were practically the same and disorder was the order of the day.

With these experiences in mind, Brian endeavors to tell stories were his protagonists turn disorder into order. The author’s novels tackle violence and injustice.

When Brian isn’t writing, he is teaching at St. Columbia’s College, Derry. The teaching role is a full-time job and Brian often struggles to find the time to write, especially in light of his role as a father and a wife.

Brian McGilloway Awards

Brian is a New York Times Bestseller whose first novel was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award. That was back in 2007. Just two years later, Brian made an appearance on the Irish Book Awards shortlist, not to mention being recognized by the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Prize.

Besides winning the University of Ulster’s McCrea Literary Award, the author also became a BBC NI Writer in Residence after his screenplay won the Tony Doyle Award.

Best Brian McGilloway Books

Brian is widely renowned in Ireland for his crime fiction and it looks like he might soon dominate the American Markets, with some of the best books from the author including:

Little Girl Lost: Detective Sergeant Lucy Black is thrown off guard by her removal from a high profile case. She wonders whether the development is related to her involvement with a mysterious child. The girl was found wandering in the woods with her hands covered in someone else’s blood. And she seems hesitant to trust anyone other than the young officer that found her.

Before Lucy can put that mystery to bed, her involvement in the kidnapping of a prominent gentleman’s daughter is terminated. If her professional issues were not enough, Lucy must deal with the contentious nature of her mother’s attitude, who is the Assistant Chief Constable, even while caring for her unstable father.

Lucy is forced to peer back into the shadows of her difficult childhood.

Borderlands: Garda Inspector Benedict Devlin must look into the death of Angela Cashell, a teenager whose corpse is discovered on the border between Tyron and Donegal. Devlin must figure out how an old picture and a gold ring connect to the local girl’s murder.

The first Devlin novel takes readers to a small town in a rural area in Northern Ireland. Inspector Devlin is having problems with his marriage. To be specific, he is struggling with temptations outside his marriage. His personal struggles take a back seat as Devlin sets his mind on solving a murder in the borderlands.