As he’s working his way down the list he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too. Now he has given Fate—and his quarry—a hostage. Is this Fegan’s ultimate mistake?
First Line: Maybe if he had one more drink they'd leave him alone.
Random Quote: Fegan turned his eyes to Caffola. The cold beginnings of rain dotted his face and forehead as he watched the other man retch. He looked back to the UDR men. Their eyes glinted in the gloom of the alley while the other darkened forms moved behind them. Their lips parted in toothless grins, loose red flesh revealed within.
Fegan closed his eyes again and wished for another way. As foolish as it was, he wished for another life away from this. He wished for peaceful sleep and bloodless hands.
Review: I'm not entirely sure how I've gone so long without reading this book or knowing about this author. This is wonderful noir fiction set in post-Troubles Ireland and it will quietly remind you again and again how awful things were before the Good Friday peace accord. No one's hands are clean. We so often think only of Muslim extremists when we think of terrorism and forget Oklahoma City and the IRA and the white supremacist movements. We don't have a clue about colonialism (neo- or not). Imperialism is an abstract word. Most of all, I think we forget the sheer human cost - a cost that resounds through history and world events.
|Car fire - Belfast (image source)|
I loved this book and will now have to find and read Mr. Neville's other books - if they're as good as this one I'm in for a great ride.
FTC Disclosure: Copy from publisher via NetGalley
Publishing Information: Soho Crime - July 23, 2012
Reading Challenges: A to Z Reading Challenge, Literary Exploration Reading Challenge, 2013 Mystery/Crime Reading Challenge