‘Irish by blood and English by accident’: Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan
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Mannion finds distinctions of race, class, and gender are central to each volume in Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series, along with a running commentary on social inequities along these boundaries. This commentary, provided largely by Maeve, reveals her own susceptibility to harm, unifying her with women citywide, including victims of the crimes she investigates. In addition to emphasizing the vulnerability of young women, this calls into question the distinction between revenge and justice, vigilantism and the rule of law. The series stops short of being polemical, but it is a cautionary tale of the price paid for living in a surveillant urban society.