The Gun by Daithi Kavanaugh


The Gun by Daithi Kavanagh
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (236 pages)
Rated 4 stars
Review by: Rose
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?

The Gun is the first book in the Tadhg Sullivan series and introduces us to Tadhg Sullivan, the head of a special task force within the Irish Police. I was very interested in reading this book, because… let’s face it… Ireland holds a special place in my heart…and I was not disappointed.

Because this is the first of the series, there was of necessity some setting up so we get to know Tadhg and his personality (he’s facing burn-out in his job and he drinks way more than is good for him). However, this case comes along and really revitalizes him—and the developing romance with journalist Helen Carty doesn’t hurt either. Of course, it has to be kept quiet, because not only are they romancing, they are also working together to help solve the crime.

It’s not a mystery, as such. The reader knows from the very beginning who the culprit is, and I love getting to know (and understand) his motivation. The suspense for this story comes from wondering if Tadhg is going to be able to discover who he is before he kills more people.

I love these characters; they are well-drawn and multi-dimensional)– as I was reading it, I felt like I was watching a BBC series or Masterpiece theater! (producers, are you listening?) I could see the action playing out on the TV screen of my mind– set against the backdrop of Ireland (and being able to visit several different cities as The Deerstalker seeks his revenge is a nice extra!)

I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series! Good job, Mr. Kavanagh!


  1. Daithi Kavanagh says:

    Good morning and thank you for your lovely review of The Gun. I would be delighted to answer any questions on my debut novel in The Tadhg Sullivan Series.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. James Robert says:

    I usually enter to win books for both sisters of mine but I think this is one I would really enjoy.

    • Daithi Kavanagh says:

      Hi James, I hope you enjoy The Gun and I am always delighted to receive feedback. Thanks for commenting. Daithi

  4. What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

    • Hi James, I hope you enjoy The Gun and I am always delighted to receive feedback. Thanks for commenting. Daithi

    • Hi Peggy, The most challenging part of writing is finding time to write as I also play music at night and have gone back to college where I am studying for a degree in Irish Culture and Heritage Studies. The most rewarding aspect of writing is completing my books and having them published. I feel a great sense of achievement. Thank you for commenting and best of luck. Daithi

  5. Lisa Brown says:

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  6. Rita Wray says:

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  7. Victoria says:

    Great post, sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Becky Richardson says:

    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

    • Hi Becky,
      In my spare time (which I don’t have a lot of) I play traditional Irish music in some of the local pubs in my hometown of Wexford where I am joined by my children who play music also. I also like to walk our two dogs. Thank you for commenting and best of luck! Daithi

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