The beginning and end of the 1980s were bookended by the case of missing young women. At least, this was the case for Sean Duffy, Detective Sergeant of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Belfast. Duffy is renowned for solving the whodunits that have haunted the violence-plagued city in Northern Ireland. As the 1990s arrive, Duffy is set to move to Scotland with his girlfriend and young daughter. His commanding role of the Carrickfergus CID nearing its end, Duffy is set to hand over duties to a junior officer. However, the case of a missing teenage girl named Kat McAtnamney has developed and Duffy wants to close the case before he departs. Kat served as an escort to various gentlemen and she may have met with foul play. Duffy must tread carefully on this case while also contending with a thorny informant issue involving the IRA.
The Detective Up Late is the latest intrigue-laden mystery from the progressively brilliant mind of Adrian McKinty. Duffy continues to be an absorbing character with each case. McKinty (“The Island”) returns to the world of his iconoclast detective after a brief respite and hasn’t lost a step in the process. McKinty is consistently solid in his offerings.