The explosive conclusion to McKinty’s Troubles trilogy (after 2013’s I Hear the Sirens in the Street) combines an IRA thriller with a locked-room mystery. By late 1983, Sean Duffy has fallen on hard times. Drummed out of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, he has a chance at redemption when MI5 literally comes knocking at his door. MI5 offers Sean back his rank of detective inspector if he will find an IRA bomb maker, Dermot McCann, who broke out of prison and then trained in a Libyan camp before disappearing. Dermot’s ex-mother-in-law, Mary Fitzpatrick, agrees to reveal Dermot’s location if Sean will investigate her daughter Lizzie’s death, which the previous investigating officers were certain was an accident, because, after all, Lizzie was alone in a locked pub when she died. Though it’s the end of the trilogy, readers will hope that this won’t be the last they see of Sean Duffy. Agent: Bob Mecoy, Creative Book Services. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/06/2014 Release date: 03/04/2014 Genre: Fiction
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