Jack Taylor is in a coma.
Hit by a truck in front of Galway's Famine Memorial, emergency care provided by two strange children. And apart from the lack of consciousness, not a scratch on him.
When he wakes weeks later, Ireland is in a frenzy over the so-called 'Miracle of Galway.' People have become convinced that the two children are saintly, the site of the accident sacred. The Catholic Church isn't so sure, and Jack is commissioned to help find the children and verify the miracle or expose the stunt.
But Jack isn't the only one looking for them. There's a fraudulent order of nuns that needs to legitimatize its sanctity. And there's someone else: the building in which the children are living burns down, with one of the children and the nuns inside, and the doors bolted.
Jack suspects the surviving girl might be more sinister than miraculous. He sends her to live on the farm he had hoped to retire to, but is troubled by the manipulative control she seems to exert. His worst fears will soon be realised.
Sharp and sardonic as ever, 'the Godfather of the modern Irish crime novel' (Irish Independent) is at his brutal and ceaselessly suspenseful best in A Galway Epiphany.
'Bruen is one of Ireland's most original voices in crime fiction, with his stunning, poetic look at the shadowy side of life. His precise, skeletal, yet strangely lyrical prose, unorthodox wordplay, dark-as-sin humour and wonderful evocation of the country and its people have carried this longrunning series to triumph after triumph' Crime Review.
'Grimly hilarious and gloriously Irish' Washington Post.
'It shouldn't work, but it does, delightfully' The Times.