The City in Darkness

Michael Russell

Christmas 1939. In Europe the Phoney War hides carnage to come. In Ireland Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie keeps tabs on Irishmen joining the British Forces. It's unpleasant work but when an IRA raid on a military arsenal sends Garda Special Branch in search of guns and explosives Stefan is soon convinced his boss Superintendent Terry Gregory is working for the IRA.

At home for Christmas Stefan is abruptly called to Laragh an isolated mountain town. A postman has disappeared believed killed and Laragh's Guards are hiding something. Stefan is the nearest Special Branch detective yet is he only there because Gregory wants him out of the way?

Laragh is close to the lake where Stefan's wife Maeve drowned years earlier and when events expose a connection between the missing postman and her death Stefan realises it wasn't an accident but murder. And it will be a difficult dangerous journey where Stefan has to finally confront the ghosts of the past not only in the mountains of Wicklow but in Spain in the aftermath of its bloody Civil War before he can return to Dublin to find the truth.


  • Classification : Thriller, Crime & Mystery
  • Pub Date : APR 6, 2017
  • Imprint : Constable
  • Page Extent : 352
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9781472121912
  • Price : INR 699

Michael Russell

After a successful career as a television writer and producer working on such series as A Touch of Frost Midsomer Murders and Between the Lines Michael 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.


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