Ireland 1941. A German spy escapes from Mountjoy Prison, clearly with inside help. Yet no one wants to catch him. When the head of Garda Special Branch sends Inspector Stefan Gillespie to find out why, it must be in secret. But he meets a web of deceit in which the past's dark shadows loom over the lies of the present. Alone, except for an alcoholic private detective and a woman who could betray him to the IRA, Stefan embarks on a journey that drags him into a plot to attack British interests in Ireland and an attempt on the life of the IRA Chief-of-Staff by his own men. Crossing into war-torn Northern Ireland, he is suddenly unprotected, a rogue policeman to the Royal Ulster Constabulary, a dangerous spy to the IRA.
Praise for Michael Russell
'Complex but compelling . . . utterly vivid and convincing' Independent on Sunday
'A superb, atmospheric thriller' Irish Independent
'A thriller to keep you guessing and gasping' Daily Mail
'Atmospheric' Sunday Times
Classification : Thriller, Crime & Mystery
Pub Date : JUL 26, 2022
Imprint : Constable
Page Extent : 288
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9781408715826
Price : INR 1,699
After a successful career as a television writer and producer working on such series as A Touch of FrostMidsomer Murders and Between the LinesMichael Russell decided to write what he had always wanted to: books.
The City in Darkness is the third of his Stefan Gillespie stories of historical crime fiction taking a sideways look at the Second World War through Irish eyes and exploring some unexpected corners of the conflict such as Danzig New York and in The City in Darkness the cities of Franco's Spain. The first two Stefan Gillespie novels The City of Shadows and The City of Strangers were both shortlisted for Crime Writers' Association awards.
Michael lives with his family in West Wicklow in Ireland not a million miles from Stefan Gillespie's home.