The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Belfast, 1980s - The Troubles, the hunger strikes, the sectarian violence. What a great time to be a killer, right? You can hide everything because the police will look elsewhere. And what a difficult time to be a Catholic policeman, because you're a traitor to your people. McKinty's depiction of that era and those tensions is really compelling, reminding those who heard about what was going on that this wasn't just a story in the news but something that still (today) has resonance with Belfast's residents.
As far as the mystery part goes, it was relatively meh. Good misdirection, but otherwise meh. There's promise for the rest of the series, and I look forward to diving in.