Take a cocktail of child neglect, deviant priests, alcoholism and horse racing and you can be pretty sure that you’re dealing with Irish detective fiction. The Dying Breed is the latest installment of playwright Declan Hughes’s series featuring private detective Ed Loy. Loy is the usual highly moral, hugely likeable, but dysfunctional (too many personal ghosts) private detective, but Hughes is a very entertaining writer with (as you might expect) a sure sense of dramatic pace. With each of the Ed Loy novels Hughes becomes more and more confident with the genre and you get a real sense of the fun that the author is having writing this. My sense is that this is detective fiction as written by a real fan.