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June, 1940.

France is teetering on the brink of collapse. British troops are desperately fleeing Dunkirk. Germany is clearly winning the war. Its next target is Britain . . . and Ireland.

In neutral Dublin opinions are divided. Some want Germany to win, others favour Britain, most want to stay out of the war altogether. In this atmosphere of edgy uncertainty, young lieutenant Paul Duggan is drafted into G2, the army’s intelligence division, and put on the German desk.

He’s given a suspected German spy to investigate, one who doesn’t appear to do anything other than write ambiguous letters to a German intelligence post box in Copenhagen. As Duggan begins to investigate, however, he is diverted by a request from his politician uncle to try and find his daughter, who’s gone missing, possibly kidnapped.

Enlisting the help of witty Special Branch detective Peter Gifford, the two lines of inquiry take Duggan into the double-dealing worlds of spies and politics, and lead him back to a shocking secret that will challenge everything he has grown up believing.

An addictive thriller that will keep you glued to the page to its heart-pounding finale.


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"Brilliantly portrays the divided atmosphere at the time, full of edgy uncertainty. But most of all, it makes a great holiday read." - Irish Independent

"An enjoyable read. The unusual setting also makes it an informative one." - The Sunday Times

"A thoughtful blend of spy novel and historical thriller." - The Irish Times

"A brilliant book ... a gripping read ... you're going to absolutely love it." - Talking Books, Newstalk FM.

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Joe Joyce

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