When he first started out as a journalist in 1970s Belfast, Kevin Myers was a young, wide-eyed and naive outsider. Thrust into the thick of the conflict in Northern Ireland as it teetered on the brink of civil war, Myers was quickly absorbed into the local community and became privy to the secrets (and, to be frank, privy to their conjugal beds in some instances) of both the Protestant and Catholic paramilitaries, gaining a unique perspective into both sides of the sectarian violence. Devoid of any political agenda, Myers describes the streets of Belfast at its bloodiest with searing clarity, capturing every inch of the city's disturbing violence. Flirting with death at every turn, Myers comes of age as the world around him falls apart, fueled by psychotic rage, senseless murder and unrelenting terror that surrounds Northern Ireland's loyalist gangs, paratroopers, squaddies, police force and the wider population. Part unofficial history, part personal memoir, Watching The Door is raw, provocative, and, darkly funny, offering an unbridled account of sex, death, violence in Northern Ireland by one of its most dynamic witnesses.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.