That's why the new Requiems for the Departed collection is so powerful. Its stories invoke Irish myth, most of them updating settings and, often, names, but retaining what seems to this non-expert the chilling power and bringing it to crime fiction.
The contributors are an all-star list of Irish crime writing, some of whom readers of Detectives Beyond Borders may know (Ken Bruen, Adrian McKinty, Brian McGilloway, Garbhan Downey) and others whose names may be new (Arlene Hunt, John McAllister, Sam Millar and quite a number more).
I'm working my way through the collection, and so far Bruen's story is brash and chilling, McKinty's and McAllister's the stuff to keep you awake at night, and McGilloway's a little police procedural with a delightfully comic ending. (The story features his series character, Inspector Benedict Devlin, evidence that myth can mix easily with a contemporary setting.)
Pop on over to Crime Scene N.I., and Gerard Brennan, who edited the anthology with Mike Stone, might reveal the secret of the book's genesis. Order Requiems for the Departed from the publisher here.
© Peter Rozovsky 2010