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The City in Darkness

Michael Russell
Authors:
Michael Russell

Christmas 1939. In Europe the Phoney War hides carnage to come. In Ireland Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie keeps tabs on Irishmen joining the British Forces. It's unpleasant work, but when an IRA raid on a military arsenal sends Garda Special Branch in search of guns and explosives, Stefan is soon convinced his boss, Superintendent Terry Gregory, is working for the IRA. At home for Christmas, Stefan is abruptly called to Laragh, an isolated mountain town. A postman has disappeared, believed killed, and Laragh's Guards are hiding something. Stefan is the nearest Special Branch detective, yet is he only there because Gregory wants him out of the way? Laragh is close to the lake where Stefan's wife Maeve drowned years earlier, and when events expose a connection between the missing postman and her death, Stefan realises it wasn't an accident, but murder. And it will be a difficult, dangerous journey where Stefan has to finally confront the ghosts of the past not only in the mountains of Wicklow, but in Spain in the aftermath of its bloody Civil War, before he can return to Dublin to find the truth.

Constable

The City of Lies

Michael Russell
Authors:
Michael Russell

Dublin 1940. An IRA attempt to capture the British diplomatic bag on its way from Ireland to England leaves two Guards dead on the streets of Dublin. Two days later a pitched battle between warring gangs erupts at one of Ireland's biggest race meetings. On Ireland's east coast the cremated bodies of a wealthy family of five are found in their shuttered, burned-out villa. Connections between these events become clear to Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie when he is despatched from Special Branch to investigate the seaside deaths, but he is soon treading on the toes of Ireland's burgeoning Intelligence industry - Irish, British and German, all playing against each other, all watching each other, and all plagued by rogue operators they can't quite control, as the certainty grows that Hitler is about to invade England. Meanwhile, in Berlin, a young Irish woman has been arrested for the murder of the German officer who was her lover. She faces a brutal execution by guillotine. The Irish ambassador can do nothing to help her, even though he is convinced the police know she is innocent. But when Stefan Gillespie is sent to Berlin, carrying new code books for the beleaguered embassy, there is an abrupt change of tune at police headquarters in the Alexanderplatz. The police now believe someone else in Berlin's tiny Irish community murdered the German officer, and they want Stefan to help them find the killer. But he soon discovers he is really working with the Gestapo, and they are not looking for a murderer at all . . . The journey home will turn into a dangerous pursuit, where no one can be trusted and the information he carries puts his life at risk.Back in Ireland Stefan walks into another web of deceit, where truth is neither welcome nor convenient. The strangely connected events he was investigating before he went to Germany, now coloured by what he discovered there, have become 'unconnected'. No one wants them to be connected again, even if it means an innocent man hangs . . .

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