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At first THE MIDNIGHT CHOIR seems to be a group of parallel but unconnected incidents confronting the police in DUblin and Galway Ireland. A demented man teeters on the edge of a roof and when a cop approaches to talk to him, he abruptly turns away and remains docile while arrested. An American tourist couple is threatened by a pedestrian holding a vial of what might be blood. A young woman files a complaint of rape against the son of a prominent businessman. And a suburban father drops his kids off at school, and continues with his normal business day, which consists largely of surveying local businesses to identify worthy targets for burglary.
However, as Kerrigan unfolds his tale, the story becomes an insightful analysis of the ethical dilemma and crisis of conscience confronting one Dublin cop. As a rookie, Harry Synnott observed several violations of the rights of accused prisoners, and reported the incidents. No reader will be surprised to realize that ostracism and prejudice against Harry from fellow cops was his reward. In part to reclaim a respectable reputation, Harry begins to fabricate evidence against the accused and testify using that evidence in court.
All the seemingly unrelated incidents which begin the book will converge into one final crisis for Harry, and his career as an essentially honest cop and responsible citizen will collapse in ruin as the book ends.