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Acts of Allegiance

Peter Cunningham

Acts of Allegiance by Peter Cunningham

Senior Irish diplomat, Marty Ransom, is torn between duty to his country and loyalty to the Anglo-Irish tradition in which he was raised. In a land divided into north and south, Planter and Gael, Catholic and Protestant, Marty’s life has been spent walking a tightrope. When he meets Alison, a Home Office employee now transferred to the British embassy in Dublin, Marty’s fidelities are once again split. Lured ever deeper into the lethal world of counter-espionage, he finds himself in fatal conflict with his cousin and childhood friend. As this deadly endgame unfolds, Marty must choose between all which he loves and holds dear, and his allegiance to a past that remains just beyond his reach.

RRP: £11.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910985502
Publication Date: 21/09/2017
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Peter Cunningham
Peter Cunningham is from Waterford in the south east of Ireland. He is the author of the Monument series, widely acclaimed novels set in a fictional version of his home...


‘Acts of Allegiance is a wonderful brew of a book about politics, family, violence, love, betrayal -- life, in other words. Peter Cunningham has written a winner.’

John Banville

‘It’s a sharp reminder of what evil can be done in the name of good, and how condescension and arrogance can lead to disaster. The sign of a great writer is to take the personal and specific and draw out what is universal about it, and Peter Cunningham achieves this with tremendous skill.’

The Irish Times

‘Peter Cunningham's latest novel, Acts of Allegiance, manages to convert what could have been a bleak and familiar tale into an exciting one of espionage, infidelity, family secrets and betrayal.’

Irish Independent

‘Cunningham’s beautiful, twisting story unfolds until arriving at its sad, shocking conclusion.’

Starred review, Publishers Weekly

‘A rare find that manages to combine literary lyricism with a satisfyingly propulsive, airtight plot. It is a cracking tale of espionage, state secrets and betrayal, taking us on a devastating tour past the landmark events of the Troubles... An intriguing excavation of how the personal and political can tragically collide.’

Maryam Madani, Totally Dublin

‘A compelling tapestry of duty, betrayal, loyalty and love worthy of le Carré or Simenon.’

The Munster Express

‘A book that becomes ever more compelling as the number of available fragments grows and you are drawn towards its devastating conclusion’

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