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A riveting history of the tragic three decade conflict in Northern Ireland, also known as “The Troubles.”  The conflict exists between largely Protestant unionists seeking continued ties to Britain, and mainly Catholic nationalists pressing for a united Ireland free of British control.

The book reads like a thriller beginning with the December 1972 abduction of Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, from her Belfast home by a group whom her children recognized.  The last thing she says to her son, “Watch the children until I come back.”   But she never does come back – she disappears.   Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible.  McConville’s disappearance is the starting point for the tale of an entire society consumed by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences still reverberate today.




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