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John Henry | 8 comments Retributionn to those who have brought the country to the current position is the underlying theme of my new book (ISBN 9781937004989)though it is also has a love story embedded.I'd be interested in any comments from members.

Jack Sarsfield’s wife Mary is dying, his business is dying, strangled by a bank, and the Ireland he loves has been turned into a Dire Land and is in deep trouble. He can do nothing about the first problem, and little about the second, but maybe he can do something about the third, and bring some retribution and justice to those who deserve it. But will he pay too high a price for doing so?

Join them on a rollercoaster ride and revealing emotional journey. Though the story is set in Ireland it holds a resonance for people everywhere who feel that politicians, developers, bankers, lawyers and the ‘elite’ are living by a different set of rules to ordinary mortals and getting away with it!

Politics: Almost a perfect combination of the word ‘poly’ meaning ‘many’ and ‘ticks’ meaning ‘small blood-sucking insects.’


‘All it needs for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing!’

Edmund Burke. Irish Statesman and philosopher 1729 - 1797

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John Henry | 8 comments Yes I also spotted the non-deliberate error, "is has also"

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Annie | 81 comments It looks interesting, John! My plate is a bit full right now with reading for school, but I'll add this to my To-Read list! :) I'm actually preparing for an Irish history course that I'm taking in the spring, so this may be a nice addition to my study material for the class.

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John Henry | 8 comments Annie wrote: "It looks interesting, John! My plate is a bit full right now with reading for school, but I'll add this to my To-Read list! :) I'm actually preparing for an Irish history course that I'm taking in ..."

Thanks Annie,

In quite a few of the chapters I've taken a lot of newspaper articles and had the main character rant about them to his wife so there is in fact a little history in there. Best regards,

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Janebbooks Here's a NEW BOOK by a new-to-me author. And a intriguing review from Euro-Crime..

The City of Strangers by Michael Russell, November 2013, 432 pages, Avon, ISBN: 1847563473

Reviewed by Geoff Jones....for Euro-Crime

THE CITY OF STRANGERS is set in Ireland and New York in 1939. Stefan Gillespie is a Garda police sergeant. Once a prospective high flyer in Dublin, he has for a variety of reasons moved to a backwater to police the area around Baltinglass. Since his wife died he and his son Tom have lived with Stefan’s parents on their farm below Kilranelagh. The family are from German descent and are worried about the impending war.

Stefan is called to Dublin to undertake a journey to New York to bring back the actor Owen Harris who is suspected of having killed his mother. On the transatlantic flying boat he meets up with an American, Dominic Carroll, who is the leader of Clan na Gael supporting the IRA in their fight for a united country.

Once in the city Stefan is amazed at the size and vibrancy. The World’s Fair exhibition is opening and he meets up with Captain John Cavendish, ostensibly looking at security at the exhibition, but also part of Ireland’s special branch. John is helping Kate O’Donnell who is trying to get her sister Niamh out of an asylum and away from her American husband Dominic Carroll.

When John is killed, Stefan decides to help Kate and together with the aid of the Jewish leader of the local mob - Longie Zwillman, they embark on a dangerous plan. Will it succeed and will Stefan get his prisoner back to Ireland?

THE CITY OF STRANGERS is rich with characters like the black jazz musician and lover of Niamh, Jimmy Palmer; some are real characters like the IRA leader Sean Russell and the radical Roman Catholic preacher, father Charles Coughlin, who preached on his radio show, against America joining the war.

It is also very well researched. I didn’t realise the extent of the dislike of Britain by some Americans (particularly Irish immigrants). The conflicting emotions as the Nazis make their moves on Europe are tensely described. I will certainly purchase the author’s preceding book THE CITY OF SHADOWS. He read English at Oxford and besides working on a farm in Devon, worked in TV as a producer. He and his family now live in Ireland.

Very much recommended.

Geoff Jones, December 2013

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It sounds like something I'd enjoy, Jane. I think would appeal to fans of Sebastian Barry, based on the blurb.

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Cphe | 0 comments I thought that it was a better book/mystery than City of Shadows.

The author is going from strength to strength. I like the character Stefan Gillespie.

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