‘A quiet master of the genre’
June 1940. France is teetering on the brink of collapse. British troops are desperately fleeing Dunkirk. Germany is 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 much, other than write ambiguous letters to a German intelligence post box in Copenhagen. Before Duggan can probe further, 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, right through to its heart-pounding finale.
Joe Joyce is an Irish writer, playwright and journalist whose previous works include The Guinnesses: The Untold Story of Ireland's Most Successful Family, and a play about James Joyce and Oliver St John Gogarty, The Tower. He is the author of two thrillers -- Off the Record and The Trigger Man -- and co-author with Peter Murtagh of The Boss, a seminal book on Irish politics. He has worked for a number of national and international newspapers as a staff reporter and freelance journalist, primarily the Irish Times and the Guardian. Echoland was the One City One Book Dublin choice for 2017.