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What links a traumatic childhood secret with the murder of a high-ranking police officer and two young men facing terrorist death threats? In Belfast, Northern Ireland, the fragile Peace Process is still haunted by the crimes of the past. Truth and justice have become the currency through which victim and terrorist alike must purchase their closure regarding the conflict... When Detective Inspector Dan� Watson of the Historical Enquiries Team enters an interview room for a routine consultation, he is astonished by the recognition of an eerily familiar face - Eban Barnard, the younger brother of his late partner and mentor Detective Superintendent Alex, who was brutally assassinated by the Provisional IRA twenty years earlier. What Dan learns in that room defies credulity and threatens to open up a Pandora's Box of secrets that will unhinge the lives of all those involved - and endanger the very peace process itself. Based on actual events, and set against the backdrop of a society's hunger for redemptive catharsis, White Church, Black Mountain is a tightly-constructed, fast-paced vel that follows the dysfunctional life of the misanthropic Eban as he traverses a generation of secrets and lies. Unlike many of the vels about `the troubles' in Northern Ireland, White Church, Black Mountain is at the forefront of an emerging `post-conflict' can, considering the legacy of the conflict as it impacts upon those who seek to build a future in its aftermath. Exploring a paply of themes - including prejudice, corruption, retribution and abiding grace - it will by enjoyed by fans of political thrillers. It can be read in conjunction with Burgess' latest academic work, The Contested Identities of Ulster Protestants (Palgrave Macmillan).
Dr. Thomas Paul Burgess holds degrees from the University of Ulster, Cork and Oxford and has been published widely in the areas of cultural identity and community. He is a songwriter with his critically acclaimed band, Ruefrex. He has worked as a commentator for a number of national newspaper publications and broadcasters and is currently a senior lecturer at University College, Cork, Ireland.