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  • “A quiet master of the genre” —Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “This is easily one of the best pieces of 'espionage' fiction that I have ever read. And I would quite happily put it next to Le Carre and Greene on my shelf. What I like most about the book-aside from the top notch writing- is that things proceed at a normal pace throughout the book. . . .And reading it, knowing the bit that I do about Irish history, I feel like the events described could have really happened. A side of World War 2 that you really do not get a lot of information about, outside Ireland. Highly recommended.” --Martin, Goodreads
  • “Some of the best historical fiction out there. Catches the place and mood perfectly as well as a great yarn.” --Amazon Reviews

Meet The Author

Joe Joyce’s latest works include Echoland (Liberties Press), set during the Second World War in Dublin; The Guinnesses: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Most Successful Family, a history of the Guinness family and brewery; and a play about James Joyce and Oliver St John Gogarty, The Tower. He is also the author of two thrillers – Off the Record and The Trigger Man – and co-author, with Peter Murtagh, of The Boss, the seminal book on Charles Haughey. He has worked as a staff reporter and freelance journalist for the Irish Times and the Guardian.

June 1940. France is teetering on the brink of collapse. British troops are desperately fleeing Dunkirk. Germany is winning the war. Its next target is Britain . . . and Ireland. In neutral Dublin, opinions are divided. Some want Germany to win, others favour Britain, most want to stay out of the war altogether.

In this atmosphere of edgy uncertainty, young lieutenant Paul Duggan is drafted into G2, the army’s intelligence division, and put on the German desk. He’s given a suspected German spy to investigate, one who doesn’t appear to do much, other than write ambiguous letters to a German intelligence post box in Copenhagen. Before Duggan can probe further, however, he is diverted by a request from his politician uncle to try and find his daughter, who’s gone missing, possibly kidnapped.

Enlisting the help of witty Special Branch detective Peter Gifford, the two lines of inquiry take Duggan into the double-dealing worlds of spies and politics, and lead him back to a shocking secret that will challenge everything he has grown up believing. An addictive thriller that will keep you glued to the page, right through to its heart-pounding finale.

Weight 0.47 kg