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Ireland 1941. A German spy escapes from Mountjoy Prison with an ease that convinces the head of Garda Special Branch he had inside help. The spy is protected not only by the IRA but those meant to catch him. Special Branch is told to stay out of it. But when Stefan Gillespie’s boss sends him to investigate anyway, he is thrown together with an untrustworthy, alcoholic private detective and a woman IRA courier full of hatred for the Irish police. But this web of deceit and betrayal is only the beginning.

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Ireland 1941. A German spy escapes from Mountjoy Prison, clearly with inside help. Yet no one wants to catch him. When the head of Garda Special Branch sends Inspector Stefan Gillespie to find out why, it must be in secret. But he meets a web of deceit in which the past’s dark shadows loom over the lies of the present. Alone, except for an alcoholic private detective and a woman who could betray him to the IRA, Stefan embarks on a journey that drags him into a plot to attack British interests in Ireland and an attempt on the life of the IRA Chief-of-Staff by his own men. Crossing into war-torn Northern Ireland, he is suddenly unprotected, a rogue policeman to the Royal Ulster Constabulary, a dangerous spy to the IRA.

Praise for Michael Russell

‘Complex but compelling . . . utterly vivid and convincing’ Independent on Sunday

‘A superb, atmospheric thriller’ Irish Independent

‘A thriller to keep you guessing and gasping’ Daily Mail

‘Atmospheric’ Sunday Times

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Weight 0.23 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.4 × 2.6 cm






x, 324




1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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