A gripping novel that mirrors the disintegration of our times - as the Mail on Sunday says 'An armchair time bomb'.
When Michael Dillon is ordered by the IRA to park his car in the carpark of a Belfast hotel, he is faced with a moral choice which leaves him absolutely nowhere to turn. He knows that he is planting a bomb that would kill and maim dozens of people. But he also knows that if he doesn't, his wife will be killed.
See also: Reading in the Dark by Seamus Deane
“An armchair time bomb”
Mail on Sunday
“This is a novel to mirror the disintegration of our times, the unstated irony of which is that a politics so provincial can breed a writer and an art so universal”
“A gripping read which you will find impossible to put down”
“Very much the thinking person's thriller - utterly tense and riveting, but also posing an acute moral dilemma for an ordinary person caught up in the troubled politics of Northern Ireland”
“It insists on being read at a sitting, for it is imperative to know what happens next”
“As good as one has come to expect from Brian Moore: the pace never flags; the writing is crisp and taut; the moral crises... are intensely complex and gripping”