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Acts of Allegiance

Peter Cunningham

Acts of Allegiance by Peter Cunningham

Longlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award

PARIS: MAY, 1969. Irish diplomat Marty Ransom has been asked by Minister of Finance, Charles Haughey, to become a go-between with the new IRA faction in the North where Marty’s cousin Ignatius is a key player. But Marty is secretly reporting to MI5 in Dublin, playing a deadly game that will force him to choose between the past and all he holds dear.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240302
Publication Date: 18/10/2018
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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

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

Starred review, Publishers Weekly

‘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

‘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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