From sensational Irish novelist Adrian McKinty comes a story of thrilling suspense.
Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn't keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard's two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls. As Killian follows Rachel's trail, he begins to see that there is a lot more to this case than first meets the eye and that a thirty-year-old secret is going to put all of them in terrible danger.
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ADRIAN MCKINTY was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, New York, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver, Colorado, to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction. His first full-length novel, Dead I Well May Be, was shortlisted for the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and its sequel, The Dead Yard, was selected as one of the twelve best novels of the year by Publishers Weekly and won the 2007 Audie(tm) Award for Best Thriller/Suspense. In 2008, his debut young adult novel, The Lighthouse Land, was shortlisted for the 2008 Young Hoosier Award and the 2008 Beehive Award. The final novel in the 'Dead trilogy', The Bloomsday Dead, was longlisted for the 2009 World Book Day Award. In 2009 he moved to Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two children.From Booklist:
Rising through the criminal ranks of post–cease fire Belfast, Killian earned a reputation as a persuader, an enforcer strong-arming with words rather than weapons. Killian’s Pavee (Irish Traveller) heritage taught the power of story, and it’s said that he can use it to compel a man to hand over a shotgun and sign over his home. With Northern Ireland’s economic straits forcing Killian to emerge from retirement, he is hired to locate a junkie ex-wife, whose disappearance has deprived his client of fatherhood. Tipped to the true reason for her flight, the client knows that Killian can’t be trusted to choose cash over principle, and he hires an assassin to track them all. Killian’s perspective alternates with the assassin’s, creating a double-sided cat-and-mouse game where a victory by either seems inconceivable. The mystical and marginalized Pavee subculture is molded brilliantly by McKinty into the perfect pivot for a novel exploring the concept of honor outside the law. A sure bet for Lee Child’s crew, but there’s also a scratchy whisper in McKinty’s voice calling to George Pelecanos’ fans. --Christine Tran
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