In this complex political thriller set in Galway in 1925, Detective Officer Michael Mackey of the newly-created Special Branch has been sent to the Garda Barracks in Ballinasloe on a mission to root out subversives. Soon he has a murder to solve, stolen arms to recover, and a lost love to rescue.This novel offers a timely, irreverent view of a young, febrile Irish Free State from the perspective of its newest police force, An Garda Síochána.
Nessa O’Mahony is a Dublin-born poet and novelist. She has published four books of poetry – Bar Talk, Trapping a Ghost, In Sight of Home, and Her Father’s Daughter. O’Mahony won the National Women’s Poetry Competition in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize and Hennessy Literature Awards