The Gun (The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #1) by Daithi Kavanagh #RBRT



The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  4.4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan leads a special unit that investigates politically motivated crime. A man known only as The Deerstalker is a cancer who has infected the Irish political system.

Sullivan teams up with journalist Helen Carty, and together they try tracking down the mysterious killer. Carty adds to Sullivan’s problems, when he finds himself falling in love with her. And further complicating things, he starts losing trust in his partner, Detective Pat Carter, who appears to be on the side of the Garda Commissioner, who Sullivan is rapidly falling out with.

Sullivan’s case is further thrown into confusion when a copycat killer, Tommy Walsh, is shot dead by the CIA. When the CIA discovers that they’ve killed the wrong person, the two agents involved–Simon, who has become disillusioned by his time stationed in the Middle East, and Joey, a psychopath who confuses zealotry with patriotism–are also in pursuit of The Deerstalker.

Sullivan finds himself in a race against time, if he is to arrest The Deerstalker before the CIA take him out, and use his death as a pawn in a political game of chess.

Who will win out in the end?


Genre(s):  Mystery, Crime, Political

Series:  The Tadhg Sullivan Series, #1

Length:  257 pages

Release Date:  2014-09-30



For some reason, the gun had given him back that sense of freedom, as if it was a new place to hide. To hide from a government who were restricting his life and taking away his rights. They had forced his children to emigrate, cut his carers allowance, taxed his house. Every day, his life seemed to get smaller.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Garda Detective Tadhg Sullivan, leading a special unit for investigating politically motivated crime. The Deerstalker case is additionally complicated as his superiors have different ideas of how to pursue the possible culprit.

With The Gun, Daithi Kavanagh has created a fast-paced political suspense with local flair. The story comprises a variety of nicely elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions to solve this politically inspired case. I had a great time reading The Gun – it is a very enjoyable read; it drives you head-first into the Irish life. I was drawn into the story right away, enjoying the journeys from one location to the next. Tadhg, Helen and Pat are (or soon become) likeable characters – I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

This is for you if you like European political thrillers, likeable and interesting characters, series and – Ireland.  :mrgreen:

A compelling read in a series to watch out for.


In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast-paced, steady
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content Some sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

Daithi Kavanagh was born in May 1958 and lives in Trinity, Wexford, Ireland with his wife and two teenage children. He has worked as a musician up until 2012 when due to the recession the work ‘dried up’. He then went back to adult education and is now studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies at Wexford Campus. ‘The Gun’ is his first book in ‘The Tadhg Sullivan Series’. He has just completed his second book in the series ‘The Brotherhood’ and is working on a third book.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Daithi Kavanagh
Amazon (US):  buy link


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about The Gun? Or – if you did not yet read The Gun – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Gun was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





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