Photo Credit: Kip Carroll/Cover Design: Anna Morrison
Julie Parsons in conversation with Declan Hughes
Studio Theatre, dlr Lexicon
Tuesday 2 May, 7.00pm
To celebrate the publication of her long-awaited new novel, join bestselling local author Julie Parsons in conversation with novelist Declan Hughes.
Julie’s new book The Therapy House – her first in almost a decade – is an atmospheric tale that takes the reader from Dún Laoghaire to Venice, a mix of contemporary crime and the dark divisions of the past.
Garda Inspector Michael McLoughlin is trying to enjoy his retirement – doing a bit of PI work on the side, meeting up with former colleagues, fixing up a grand old house in a genteel Dublin suburb near the sea.
Then he discovers the body of his neighbour, a retired judge – brutally murdered, shot through the back of the neck, his face mutilated beyond recognition. McLoughlin finds himself drawn into the murky
past of the murdered judge, which leads him back to his own father’s killing, decades earlier, by the IRA.
In seeking the truth behind both crimes, a web of deceit, blackmail and fragile reputations comes to light, as McLoughlin’s investigation reveals the explosive circumstances linking both crimes – and dark secrets are discovered which would destroy the judge’s legendary family name.
The Therapy House represents a new expansive stage in Julie Parson’s writing career, a panoramic novel rich in character, intriguingly plotted and carefully drawn.