In the midland counties of Laois and Offaly, two former members of the religious Order of Saint Kieran, which once ran Dachadoo Industrial School for boys, are murdered within weeks of each other, their bodies found nailed to the floor Detectives Tom Breen and Jimmy Gorman are assigned to track down Nailer, as the killer is nicknamed They warn local clerical outcasts thaIn the midland counties of Laois and Offaly, two former members of the religious Order of Saint Kieran, which once ran Dachadoo Industrial School for boys, are murdered within weeks of each other, their bodies found nailed to the floor Detectives Tom Breen and Jimmy Gorman are assigned to track down Nailer, as the killer is nicknamed They warn local clerical outcasts that Nailer may be working off a list The editor of the national newspaper The Telegraph, delighted Ireland seems to have its own serial killer, dreams of a huge spike in revenues Meanwhile, investigative reporters Pauline Byron and Mick McGovern are put on the story As Nailer continues to kill, Pauline surmises that he may be getting revenge or justice for something that happened in Dachadoo decades earlier As the past is uncovered and the pursuit for Nailer heats up, the shocking truth about Ireland s Church run industrial schools is revealed.
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In NAILER Irish author Tom Phelan has the courage to once again address an emotionally loaded subject, the church run Irish industrial schools, where emotional and physical abuse were rampant Phelan has written a riveting whodunit that leaves the reader wondering about what constitutes justice and who the true heroes are The book is beautifully written, the story compelling and powerful.
Whatever you do, don t be put off by the glaring error at the very start of this book two dates used as headings and separated by 12 days yet both Thursdays That almost made me put the book down I thought it was going to be another of those novels that blacken the reputations of all independently published books.I am glad I kept reading, for what Tom Phelan has produced is both a classic murder mystery and an outburst of anger at the events that took place in Irish children s homes during the mi [...]
This is not a subject which becomes easier to read with each successive book of like matter What makes this one a bit shocking is the lack of remorse even years later by its perpetrators, even to the extent of continued glee by at least one of the criminals Every perpetrator within seemed to feel as though the acts were justified The acts of revenge exacted upon the Irish Catholic Ecclesia by one of its victims several years prior was beyond brutal It was sickening But then again were the acts [...]
This was a disturbing book that caused me to do a lot of heavy thinking about right and wrong and what makes someone good or evil I can t say a lot about why I liked this book and why it caused such deep thought without giving away too much, since a lot of the trauma comes at the end Suffice it to say that I finished the book not sure where my sympathies were with the killer or with the victims This book is also disturbing in its detailed accounts of violent death, so if your stomach is weak, it [...]