A Song of the Past is the story of Deirdre O’Reilly, a detective in the New Haven, CT police department. In investigating the murder of a small-time drug dealer, Deirdre is confounded by disparate clues that link this seemingly ordinary drug killing to a secret Yale society, and to one of the oldest and most prominent families in New Haven. Her colleagues are largely indifferent to the killing of a known criminal from the ghetto, but Deirdre becomes obsessed with bringing the killer to justice. In her quest to do so, her research leads her to explore New Haven’s rich colonial history as well as its complex, multicultural present. Soon, Deirdre realizes that what’s playing out before her may not be what it seems and she quickly has to disentangle what is staged from what is real. In the process Deirdre wrestles with her sense of identity as a Jamaican-Irish woman who grew up in rural Cork, Ireland, and is now trying to be a modern day Sherlock Holmes in urban New Haven.
Targeted Age Group: 15+
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Gene Callahan is a lecturer in economics and computer science at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, a charter member of the Michael Oakeshott Association, and a research fellow at the Collingwood Centre at Cardiff University. He is the author of the non-fiction books Economics for Real People and Oakeshott on Rome and America, and the novels PUCK and A Song of the Past.
Dr. Callahan holds a Masters degree in the philosophy of the social sciences from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in political theory from Cardiff University. He has published several hundred articles in the popular press and academic journals.
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