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The City of Strangers by Michael Russell
  

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Darker, more gory than is her norm and certainly more than the police duo Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska have coped with before. This is their fourth case and the women they find are hideously mutilated and completely unidentifiable. Seems like a hopeless case. The interaction between Kovac and Liska is developing nicely and if you can put up with the gore, then it is a good continuation to the series.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Michael Russell’s impressive debut evoked 1930s Dublin and Danzig with great skill, and now the author has performed the same trick for New York in an even more diverting sequel. The muddled tangle of Ireland’s split loyalties and conflicts before the outbreak of eve of the Second World War is tackled with great skill and insight, with an ever-increasing pace and tension.
~ Barry Forshaw

Synopsis

The City of Strangers by Michael Russell

New York, 1939: A city of hope. A city of opportunity. A city hiding dark secrets ...A brutal murder in an affluent suburb of Dublin and the unexplained death of an Irish diplomat in Manhattan...Garda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie is sent to America to bring a killer to justice, but his mission soon becomes part of an increasingly personal struggle. A chance encounter with an old friend draws him deep into a chilling network of conspiracy, espionage and terror with disturbing connections to home. He becomes more involved than he should in an Irish woman's bid for freedom from the clutches of the Manhattan underworld, and discovers that the war that is looming in Europe is already being played out here on the streets, with deadly consequences. In this time when people must make a stand for what they believe in, the stakes for Stefan Gillespie, and everything he holds dear, couldn't be higher. This thrilling, elegant and hugely atmospheric novel will keep you reading late into the night.

Reviews

'Part thriller and part historical novel, this is a blinder of a read! - 'SUN on City of Shadows

'A superb, atmospheric thriller...A page turner of high quality, populated by a marvellous set of fictional characters, interwoven cleverly with real characters of the era. Highly recommended'
- Irish Independent

'A great insight into a turbulent time in Dublin and Ireland, in a challenging-to-your-heartbeat kind of way' - Evening Herald

About the Author

Michael Russell

Michael Russell read English at Oxford before spending the next three years working in farming in North Devon, trying to get someone to pay him to write. He worked for Yorkshire Television as a script editor, on Emmerdale Farm, working his way up to Series Producer. He also spent two years in the Drama Department, first as Script Consultant then Producer, before leaving ITV to write full-time. He is a regular contributor to Midsommer Murders and recently scripted the last ever Touch of Frost which topped the ratings. He left to become a full-time television writer, before finally writing what he had started out intending to write, a novel. He now lives in Ireland with his wife, his children and step-children, and a large Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.

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Publication date

7th November 2013

Author

Michael Russell

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Publisher

AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
496 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Historical mysteries

ISBN

9781847563477

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