"Taylor is a brilliantly conceived, flawed protagonist…"
Jack Taylor is going about his business, fighting against his arch enemy – drink. He is feeling low after what happened to his new-found partner/adopted son, Cody. Visiting the boy, who is now in a coma, is something that makes sure Taylor feels the pain in every way. It also ensures that his guilt stays alive. Then his other arch enemy, Malachy tells him about a young boy who was nailed to a cross in Galway. Jack has too much already on his plate to pursue this investigation. It isn't until soon after, when the sister is burned alive, that Jack starts to make himself involved.
Taylor learns that a secret from within the family has started off a series of events that cannot be laid to rest until full punishment has been meted out. And with people close to Jack being taken from him, he finds himself in the middle of a very personal war.