Graphic descriptions of the Northern Ireland underworld mean that this book is not for the faint of heart. The characters, even the heroic Jack Lennon, are scary people with few or no redeeming qualities. Tightly written, with crackling, gritty dialogue and nonstop action, it’s everything a reader wants in a good crime thriller and then some.

Bitter, vengeful Bull O’Kane hires amoral assassin The Traveller to take out anyone connected to his humiliation at the hands of former IRA hitman Gerry Fegan. Detective Inspector Jack Lennon sees the connections between the deaths immediately, but when his superiors tell him to back off, he refuses; his former lover and daughter are in an assassin’s sights, and he reluctantly joins forces with Fegan to find them when they disappear. (SOHO, Oct., 384 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Carter