cover image Goering’s Gold: A Ructions O’Hare Novel

Goering’s Gold: A Ructions O’Hare Novel

Richard O’Rawe. Melville House, $17.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-61219-965

In the prologue of O’Rawe's superior sequel to 2021’s Northern Heist, Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering sends an aide to Ireland on an important mission in 1944. In 2009, four years after Ructions O’Hare stole £36.5 million from the National Bank of Ireland in Belfast, a heist blamed on the IRA, the IRA is hunting O’Hare, who’s been lying low in France. They are seeking both a share of the loot and O’Hare’s help exonerating them. Meanwhile, members of a neo-Nazi group break into the home of Serge Mercier, a Frenchman who helped O’Hare launder much of the proceeds of his robbery, because they think he possesses Goering’s ceremonial baton, a gift from Hitler. Mercier turns for help with the neo-Nazi threat to O’Hare, who learns the baton is considered the key to finding a legendary lost cache of gold bullion that Goering possibly concealed in Northern Ireland. As the plot moves at a breakneck pace, O’Rawe adds more depth to his already complex antihero. Crime fiction fans will hope to see a lot more of O’Hare. Agent: Lisa Moylett, Coombs Moylett Maclean Literary. (May)