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Readings reviews An Isolated Incident

“Maguire’s prose is concise and confident, affecting without being maudlin, horrifying without being gruesome. As Chris and May separately grapple with the media attention given to the case, the novel also offers an insight into the ethically questionable world of crime reportage, even considering the effects of marches, vigils and other kinds of well-meaning activism on those left behind. But this timely and gripping novel’s most unsettling, and enduring, undercurrent lies in the attitudes of the innocent men, the ones who aren’t killers but are happy to accept their mates’ violence as part of the small-town social order. This too is sadly familiar.”

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