A Long Way From Gregory

26 01 2013

Seventy Times Seven by John Gordon Sinclair

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Danny McGuire doesn’t like his job, but he’s good at it. Since his brother’s murder eight years earlier he has become a professional killer: a hit man for hire, bent on retribution. The Job: Danny’s been contracted to eliminate the ‘Thevshi’ – the Ghost – the most elusive informant that has ever penetrated the Republican movement in Northern Ireland. But there’s a problem: the Thevshi claims to know who’s responsible for his brother’s death. Danny’s never killed someone he needed to talk to first. The Target: When Finn O’Hanlon (A.K.A. the Thevshi) is attacked in a bar in Alabama he realises that his past has finally caught up with him. Forced to flee, he embarks on a desperate journey to find Danny McGuire before it’s too late. The Complication: But Danny and Finn are up against someone who’s spent years hiding a secret, and it’s a secret they’ll go to any lengths to protect.

It’s an entertaining enough thriller. I don’t know why I should be so surprised that John Gordon Sinclair, he of Gregory’s Girl fame from my youth, has produced it but I am. I did find myself speculating whether writing in such a way about armed Republicans was such a great idea but it does make for some convincingly unpleasant incidents. Let’s hope he keeps writing.

3 star

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