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Published by Head of Zeus, 14 December 2017. ISBN:
Irishman Tommy Higgins is living in Andalusia in Spain
when he receives a letter from his mother back home in Dreesh, Republic of
Ireland. She begs him to come home where a Detective Carey has visited her
apologising for the way the intelligence people had treated Tommy. Carey is
going to reopen the investigation and needs him there. Tommy flies home.
However, it's not long before
Carey's body is washed up on the shores of Lough Neagh, is it suicide or
murder? Inspector Celcius Daly is brought in to solve the death.His enquiries lead him to Dreesh and a police
sergeant Peter McKenna. There he learns all about the illegal activities of a
former I.R.A. volunteer and shrewd business man Tom Morgan. The whole village
seem to be involved in his smuggling and money laundering.
Daly suspects Morgan and his
operators are behind Carey's death but how can he prove it?It's not long before Special Branch is
involved and Day realises how much conflict there is between Northern and
Southern Ireland. Also puzzling him is the real identity of a Robert Hunter
supposedly from Special Branch who seems to be involved but remains elusive.
Daly can find no trace of him, but his name keeps cropping up and he was said
to have worked with Carey. Also, what is the significance of
the Green and Blue Fishing Club, the name of which keeps being mentioned. The
more Daly searches for the truth the more he discovers it involves huge sums of
money and many very prominent people.
When more deaths follow and even Daly's
life is threatened, it becomes a matter of urgency to solve the crimes before
he too becomes a victim.
A very well written and atmospheric
book. The reader gets a real impression of the treacherous bogs surrounding
this part of Ireland, it almost sucks one in!
The descriptions of the conflicts
really come to life and is certainly food for thought when Brexit is
Recommended especially for those
with an interest in Ireland and its troubles.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Anthony J Quinn was
born in 1971 in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and after completing an
English degree at Queen's University followed various callings - social worker,
organic market gardener, yoga teacher - before finding work as a journalist and
author. Disappeared, his first novel, was picked by the Times and the Daily Mail as one
of their books of the year, and was nominated for the Theakston's Old Peculier
Crime Novel of the Year. On its US publication it was shortlisted for a Strand
Critics Award, as selected by book critics from the Washington Post, the LA
Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Guardian. Quinn works as a reporter in the wilds of
County Tyrone. His short stories have been short-listed twice for a
Hennessy/New Irish Writing Award.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.