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White Church Black Mountain

(2015)
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What links a traumatic childhood secret with the murder of a high-ranking police officer and two young men facing terrorist death threats?

In Belfast, Northern Ireland, the fragile Peace Process is still haunted by the crimes of the past. Truth and justice have become the currency through which victim and terrorist alike must purchase their closure regarding the conflict...

When Detective Inspector DanWatson of the Historical Enquiries Team enters an interview room for a routine consultation, he is astonished by the recognition of an eerily familiar face - Eban Barnard, the younger brother of his late partner and mentor Detective Superintendent Alex, who was brutally assassinated by the Provisional IRA twenty years earlier. What Dan learns in that room defies credulity and threatens to open up a Pandora's Box of secrets that will unhinge the lives of all those involved - and endanger the very peace process itself.

"I killed my own brother... and he deserved what he got."

Based on actual events, and set against the backdrop of a society's hunger for redemptive catharsis, White Church, Black Mountain is a tightly-constructed, fast-paced novel that follows the dysfunctional life of the misanthropic Eban as he traverses a generation of secrets and lies. Unlike many of the novels about 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland, White Church, Black Mountain is at the forefront of an emerging 'post-conflict' canon, considering the legacy of the conflict as it impacts upon those who seek to build a future in its aftermath. Exploring a panoply of themes - including prejudice, corruption, retribution and abiding grace - it will by enjoyed by fans of political thrillers. It can be read in conjunction with Burgess' latest academic work, The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants (Palgrave Macmillan).


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January 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: White Church, Black Mountain
Author(s): Thomas Paul Burgess
ISBN: 1-78462-161-7 / 978-1-78462-161-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Matador
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January 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: White Church, Black Mountain
Author(s): Thomas Paul Burgess
Publisher: Matador
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