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Rob Adam Ryan

Protagonist: In the Woods

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Cassie Maddox

Protagonist: The Likeness
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Frank Mackey

Protagonist: Faithful Place

Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy

Protagonist: Broken Harbour/Broken Harbor
  • Appropriated Appellation: "Scorcher" was originally a mocking nickname, because back the police academy he used to pump his fist whenever he did something right, but he's made it his own.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Prides himself on having managed the highest solve rate in the squad while playing by the rules.
  • Defective Detective
  • Family Versus Career: His wife left him after deciding that she wanted children, which he refused to have, claiming that murder detectives who become parents inevitably are unable to cope with cases that involve children. The truth is more complicated; he's afraid of being a bad parent.
  • Foil: To Frank Mackey in Faithful Place.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Although he prefers to train rookies than to work with a partner, he sees himself starting to develop this sort of relationship with newbie detective Richie Curran in Broken Harbour. Unfortunately, it's over before it begins.
  • Nature Is Not Nice: His guiding philosophy.
  • Sanity Slippage: Relates a little too personally to the victims in Broken Harbour.
  • Retired Badass

Stephen Moran

Protagonist: The Secret Place

  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Usually plays the good cop to Conway's "scary bitch" interview persona.
  • Nice Guy: Probably the least troubled of the protagonists.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: His inner-city Dublin accent often leads people to assume he's stupid, and he's happy to let them.

Antoinette Conway

Protagonist: The Trespasser
  • Ambiguously Brown: Due to her father being a Disappeared Dad and her mother being a chronic liar about his identity. She's probably half-Arab, but it's uncertain, and she doesn't care about her father enough to actually hunt him down and ask.
  • Defective Detective
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Usually bad cop in any equation involving her partner, but will play nice on her own or with another detective.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's abrasive and aggressive, but this is mainly because of constant harassment from some old boys' club types, and she really does care deep down. (After the ringleader is finally fired, it's implied she'll mellow out a little.)
  • The Lad-ette: Not actually, but this is one of her interview personas, the "cool girl" who's like one of the guys. She finds it gets male interview subjects to open up to her.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: By her own book, the racist/sexist harassment in Murder has escalated to the point she's considering quitting the force and taking a job as a bodyguard for rich women. (She almost does it, except 1) she realizes Stephen has been backing her the whole way, and 2) it turns out there was only one major offender, not almost everyone else like she thought.)
  • Twofer Token Minority: Invoked; her nastier coworkers joke behind her back (but not far enough behind that she can't hear them), that she only got onto the squad because she fills multiple quotas as a biracial woman.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: In one of her first interactions with Stephen Moran in The Secret Place, she sends him into a coffee shop. He's fine with this, less so when she dislikes it and asks him to throw it out five seconds later. (This is a Secret Test of Character, as, given the behavior of some of her male coworkers, she wants to know if he'll balk at a woman giving him orders before anything important happens.)
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