Ireland in 1919 is seething with violence, tension and divided loyalties – and so is the heart of the beautiful, wilful heiress Catherine O’Connell-Gort. For Catherine, by heritage, is a glittering symbol of British rule and oppression – yet by inclination she is a traitor to her class. A fervent supporter of Sinn Fein, she is also the secret lover of Sean Brennan, an IRA volunteer who is being hunted by the police for terrorism and murder.
When the British government decides to meet terror with terror, Catherine finds herself in a position of even greater conflict. Her father, a colonel in British Military Intelligence, recruits Major Andrew Butler, battle-scarred war hero and Irish landlord, to assassinate IRA leader Michael Collins. He also decides that the dashing major would make the perfect husband for his headstrong daughter …
In a violent climax of passion, guilt and betrayal, while her country hurtles towards civil war, Catherine faces and a agonising choice as she makes her final, fateful decision.
Hi. My name’s Tim Vicary and I’m an author and a university teacher at the Norwegian Study Centre at the university of York, England. I’ve written three crime/legal thrillers in ‘The Trials of Sarah Newby’ series, and I’m currently writing a fourth. I’ve also written four historical novels, two children’s books, and about twenty graded readers for foreign learners of English in the Oxford Bookworms series, published by Oxford University Press. In 2010 one of these, Titanic, was the winner in its category for the Language Learner Literature Award for the Extensive Reading Foundation, and another one, The Everest Story, won the same prize in 2011. A similar Factfile book, about Dinosaurs, has just been published this year.
My legal thriller, A Fatal Verdict, was awarded a B.R.A.G Medallion in 2012, as one of the best independently published books of the year.