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The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle
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May 03, 10

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Read from April 20 to May 03, 2010

Question one: You are a former Irish Republican Army hit man. A famous director (John Ford) wants to make a movie about your life, only he changes everything. What do you do?
Question two: You’re a former IRA hit man who had to change you identity and go into hiding to avoid being on the receiving end of a no-come-back job. Will you ever be able to reassemble your former life? Not the wet work, but the relationships with your wife and two children.
In THE DEAD REPUBLIC, Doyle reintroduced Henry Smart, his character from A STAR CALLED HENRY, who must answer the two questions above.
In America, thirty years after having fled the IRA gunmen who’ve been sent to assassinate him, Henry meets John Ford. Ford convinces Henry to let him tell his story on screen. Smart accompanies Ford back to Ireland and discovers that his life has been made unrecognizable in Ford’s screenplay. Smart returns to his old hometown and works at a low profile job until he is injured by a car bomb in the most recent (in the book’s chronology) flare-up of “The Troubles.” Following that, Smart is caught in the middle of a bloody tug of war between the Provos of the IRA and the Irish police.
I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads.com's First Reads program.
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