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Four shots in the night : a true story of spies, murder, and justice in Northern Ireland  Cover Image Book Book

Four shots in the night : a true story of spies, murder, and justice in Northern Ireland / Henry Hemming.


The search for justice for this one man's death--his body found in broad daylight, with tape over his eyes, an undisguised hit--would deliver more than the truth. It exposed his status as an informant and led to protests, campaigns, far-reaching changes to British law, a historic ruling from a senior judicial body, a ground-breaking police investigation, and bitter condemnation from a US Congressional commission. And there have been persistent rumors that one of the country's most senior politicians, the Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness, might have been personally involved in this particular murder. Relying on archival research, interviews, and the findings of a new complete police investigation, Four Shots in the Night tells a riveting story not just of this murder but of his role in the decades-long conflict that defined him--the Troubles. And the questions it tackles are even larger: how did the Troubles really come to an end? Was it a feat of diplomatic negotiation, as we've been told--or did spies play the decisive role? And how far can, or should, a spy go, for the good of his country? Four Shots in the Night is a page-turner that will make you think.

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  • ISBN: 9781541703186
  • ISBN: 1541703189
  • Physical Description: 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-323) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Map -- Prologue -- Note to reader -- Part one: contact -- Part two: infiltration -- Part three: betrayal -- Part four: justice -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
Subject: Northern Ireland > Politics and government > 1968-1998.
Northern Ireland > History > 1968-1998.
Northern Ireland > Relations > England > History > 20th century.
England > Relations > Northern Ireland > History > 20th century.
Homicide investigation > Northern Ireland > Case studies.
Assassination > Northern Ireland > Case studies.
Irish Republican Army > Trials, litigation, etc. > Case studies.
Espionage > England > Case studies.
Spies > England > Death > Case studies.
Informers > Northern Ireland > Death > Case studies.
Informers > England > Death > Case studies.
Northern Ireland > History.
Genre: True crime stories.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kenton County.


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Covington Branch 941.60824 H489f 2024 (Text) 33126025288469 New Adult Nonfiction Available -

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