Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: February 2019
Dervla McTiernan’s second novel is another thrilling ride that fulfils the promise of her debut, The Rúin. DS Cormac Reilly has only recently been taken off cold cases when his partner Dr Emma Sweeney calls him in distress late one night, thus involving him in a sensitive, high-profile case he wouldn’t usually have been assigned. Emma has discovered the body of a young woman in the deserted carpark near the medical research laboratory where she works. Cormac’s team suspect the victim is the brilliant young outcast heir to a powerful pharmaceutical company – a company with close links to Emma’s work. He discovers that the actual victim, the heir, and others they investigate are not who they purport to be, causing him to question whether his personal connection to the case has impaired his objectivity and judgement. With its well-drawn characters and gripping mystery, The Scholar cements the author’s place amongst the most exciting new crime writers.