Detective: A Life Upholding the Law


Tom Connolly joined An Garda Síochána in 1955, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. His early days on the force were spent in Kildare, Naas and Newbridge, tracking petty thieves, raiding pubs and patrolling country roads on his bicycle. Back then, before the dawn of DNA profiling, policemen relied on local knowledge and intuition – as well as careful evidence-gathering and interrogation techniques – to make their cases. Over his thirty-nine-year career, Connolly rose to the rank of Detective Superintendent, working on high-profile thefts, assaults and murders with the Investigation Section of Crime Branch. This fascinating memoir offers an insight into the day-to-day work of the Gardaí, and celebrates the courage and dedication of all those who risk their lives to keep us safe.

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