For third-generation Irish-American Sean Corrigan, the past is whatever happened yesterday. Then, on his 21st birthday, his father gives him a musty leather-bound journal that changes his life. Written by his uncle, Michael, a man Sean never even knew existed, it draws Sean into a hunt for the truth. Did Michael, a former NYPD detective, really kill a black civil rights worker? When he fled the United States to hide in Ireland, why was he killed by the British? Who is the beautiful, auburn-haired Kate, and why does Sean feel so strongly that he remembers her?
Determined to solve the mystery of his uncle’s murder, Sean travels to Ireland, where he is caught up in the lives of people who not only know about Michael but have a score to settle. As his connection to his uncle grows stronger, Sean realizes that the journal also carries the story of his own life - his past as well as his future.
©2012 Kevin Fox. Published by arrangement with Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2012 HighBridge Company
Personally, I don't like reading any accents. So the audio version of the Irish accent was the best way to enjoy this book.
This book reminds me of the Da Vinci Code
I liked the emotion he kept in the story.
It made me laugh. I married into an Irish family. So the observations about the Irish, by an Irishman, made me laugh.
This book has many layers and is thoroughly entertaining. It is a great book for a book club because there is a lot to talk about: war, love, spirituality, and politics.
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This book is full of drunken, quasi-philosophical, crypto-religious ramblings on the topic of reincarnation The plot, what there is of it, is disjointed and incoherent. The narrator's voice is friendly, and his command of the Irish brogue is marvelous. However, the five-minute sample that we get to listen to is highly unrepresentative of the novel, to the point at which I feel baited-and-switched by Audible. The actual country, Ireland, is full of natural beauty, vivid historical places and the warmest people I have ever met. Ireland has also produced some truly great writers over the decades: poets, fiction and non-fiction writers. Mr. Fox is not among them. You never really get the feel of the place. What you do get is a lukewarm, ale-soaked, multiple-hour, indigestible lump of prose, to paraphrase my favorite writer, Tim Hallinan. Don't bother with this one, dear fellow reader. There are so many that are so much more worth your time.
intriguing story strong on originality. i will look out for further books by this author
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