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The Scholar: A Novel
by Dervla McTiernan

Published: 2019-05-14
Kindle Edition : 384 pages
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From the author of The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller set in the fiercely competitive, cutthroat world of research and academia, where the brightest minds will stop at nothing to succeed.

When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway ...
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From the author of The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller set in the fiercely competitive, cutthroat world of research and academia, where the brightest minds will stop at nothing to succeed.

When Dr. Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit-and-run outside Galway University early one morning, she calls her boyfriend, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him. The dead girl is carrying an ID that will put this crime at the center of a scandal--her card identifies her as Carline Darcy, heir apparent to Darcy Therapeutics, Ireland's most successful pharmaceutical company. Darcy Therapeutics has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy--it has even funded Emma's own ground-breaking research.

As the murder investigation twists in unexpected ways and Cormac's running of the case comes under scrutiny from the department and his colleagues, he is forced to question himself and the beliefs that he has long held as truths. Who really is Emma? And who is Carline Darcy?

A gripping and atmospheric follow-up to The Ruin, an "expertly plotted, complex web of secrets that refuse to stay hidden" (Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter), The Scholar is perfect for fans of Tana French and Flynn Berry.

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by [email protected] (see profile) 05/14/20

3.5 stars! This book was definitely well written and an easy read. There wasn’??t a lot of suspense building up to the major events. It was relatively predictable, but not necessarily in a bad way.

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 05/14/20

The second of McTiernan’s novels seems not to reach the anticipation left by her first book. A storyline to keep you somewhat engaged but fails to inspire.

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 05/14/20

Well written easy read, although more details scattered throughout would have made it more interesting. The plot was also revealed very abruptly leaving little suspense

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