Guilty of a crime he didn't commit, IRA soldier Frank Kelleher flees through the streets of war-torn Ireland with both the British and the Irish Republican Army trying to put a bullet in his head.Read more...
Guilty of a crime he didn't commit, IRA soldier Frank Kelleher flees through the streets of war-torn Ireland with both the British and the Irish Republican Army trying to put a bullet in his head. He makes his way to America under an assumed name and with a forged passport, as the war in Ireland rages on. Settling in a new land, he finds he can't let go of his past. Haunted by the fiancee he was forced to leave behind, by the deaths of three friends at his own hand, and by the country he was forced to abandon, Frank struggles to make his way in 1920s New York.
As much as he can't let go of Ireland, he finds that Ireland can't let go of him-and his past has a way of finding him, thousands of miles and an ocean away. He dreams of going home, but knows that it could get him killed. Then an anonymous letter brings news about his fiancee Kathleen and he realizes that he no longer has a choice. A cease-fire is declared and Frank sails home with dreams of finding Kathleen, putting his past behind him, and starting a new life.
When he arrives, he learns that the Ireland he was hoping to find-a united people finally free-was only a dream. With British soldiers withdrawing, long-standing feuds resurface, and Ireland is pushed to the brink of civil war. As tensions mount, he also learns that his sins will not be easily forgiven, and that he and Kathleen will never be safe until he clears his name.
If the looming war doesn't kill him, trying to right the wrongs of his past just might. "
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-01-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Beyers historical novel displays a formidable grasp of the events surrounding the fight for Irish independence. Frank Kelleher, falsely accused of murder and treason, steals a passport and flees Limerick, Ireland, for New York City in December 1920, leaving behind his fiancée, Kathleen. Franks stay in New York City is jarringly brief. When he learns of Kathleens pregnancy, he returns home. Little has changed in the few months since his absence. Despite a cease-fire, Ireland continues to be in turmoil, and Frank remains a target of both the British and the Irish Republican Army. Franks personal losses and the reawakening of a childhood trauma add welcome drama to the narrative, which at times can be limited by its strict adherence to historical chronology. Beyer (In Sheeps Clothing) capably conveys Franks conflicting feelings of devotion to his home territory. An authors note shares that Franks story is loosely based on that of Beyers Irish grandfather. (BookLife)