By Kevin McCarthy
Part warfare tale, half homicide secret, this sophisticated yet savage mystery conjures up a time, a spot and a breed of guys that have all been airbrushed out of Ireland's history.' - Ed O'Loughlin, writer of the Booker longlisted 'Not unfaithful, now not Unkind'. West Cork. November 1920. The Irish battle of Independence rages. The physique of a tender lady is located brutally murdered on a windswept hillside, a scrapboard signal masking her mutilated physique reads ‘TRATOR’. Traitor.
Acting Sergeant Séan O’Keefe of the Royal Irish Constabulary, a wounded veteran of the good battle, is assigned to enquire the crime, aided by means of sinister detectives despatched from Dublin fort to make sure he reveals the killer, simply so lengthy because the killer he unearths most sensible serves the needs of the crown in eire. . . The IRA has instigated its personal research into the younger woman’s loss of life, assigning younger Volunteer Liam Farrell – failed gunman and previous legislations scholar – to the duty of discovering a killer it can't let to be certainly one of its personal.
Unknown to one another, the RIC Constable and the IRA Volunteer relentlessly pursue the reality at the back of the savage killing, their investigations taking them from the bullet-pocked lanes and thriving brothels of a war-torn Cork urban to the rugged, lethal hills of West Cork, either looking a killer, either trying to remain alive in a time the place 'murder’s as universal as rain and nobody understands a specific thing approximately it, even if they do. '
'a bright, occasionally wonderful evocation of a ancient interval via one police officer's life.- Detectives past Borders
'...a page-turning thriller..'- Irish Examiner