Negotiating Borders: Inspector Devlin and Shadows of the Past
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Brian McGilloway’s Inspector Devlin series is set in northwest Ulster, within the borderlands of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. The chapter focuses on the series hero, a Garda Inspector from Co. Donegal who emerges as a tough, flawed but essentially decent human being, and an observant Catholic with a thoroughly contemporary outlook. Baraniuk elucidates the contribution of the Ulster Troubles experience to the narrative back story, and explores the significance and symbolism of the Irish border as it features in the novels. Consideration is also given to where the Devlin series fits in relation to several crime fiction subgenres and the Irish literary tradition.