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The City of Strangers by [Russell, Michael]
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‘Complex but compelling … utterly vivid and convincing …Michael Russell’s style is a pleasure: easy, fluent, clear, always calm and never over-heated. The result is an exciting comfort read, which sounds like a paradox but isn’t’ (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

‘Part thriller and part historical novel, this is a blinder of a read!’ (SUN)

Praise for City of Shadows:
‘A superb, atmospheric thriller…A page turner of high quality, populated by a marvellous set of fictional characters, interwoven cleverly with real characters of the era. Highly recommended’ (Irish Independent)

‘A great insight into a turbulent time in Dublin and Ireland, in a challenging-to-your-heartbeat kind of way’ (Evening Herald)

‘In action ranging from Dublin to Danzig Russell has drawn on real-life Irish characters whose decent behaviour in the face of the impending Holocaust has been sadly lost over the years. This book has triumphantly revived their reputation’ (Jewish Chronicle)

‘This is a sterling debut not to be rushed, but to be savoured’ (www.crimesquad.com)

About the Author

Michael Russell read English at Oxford before spending three years working in farming in North Devon, trying to get someone to pay him to write. He worked for Yorkshire Television as a script editor, on Emmerdale Farm, working his way up to Series Producer. He also spent several years in the Drama Department, first as Script Consultant then Producer, before leaving ITV to write full-time. He was a regular contributor to Midsommer Murders and scripted the last ever Touch of Frost which topped the ratings. He lives in Ireland with his family, where he is doing what he always wanted to do, writing novels.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1165 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D0VVTYM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The City of Strangers is the second novel of a political/crime thriller series, featuring an intelligent, complex, member of the Garda, Stefan Gillespie, his family, and various professional colleagues in Ireland, during the lead up, and later, within, the period of the Second World War.

City of Shadows, the first novel, felt like a breath of fresh air, combining a crime novel moving beyond the merely domestic, set in the context of a volatile history, geography, and cataclysmic change looming on the horizon. This was Dublin, in 1934, and the background was the inexorable rise of Nazi ideology abroad. The possibility of war was looming. Ireland had been through some great changes, and there were those who thought that there was mileage in the dangerous adage that `my enemy's enemy' (Britain, the idea of a coming war with Germany) might make some kind of friend.

It is now 1939. That war has indeed started, and Britain needs America, currently neutral, as is Ireland, to come into that war.

Back in Ireland, a woman has been brutally murdered, and her son, gone to America as part of Michael MacLiammóir's company performing a play by Shaw, needs bringing back to trial. Meanwhile, no one in the high-ups wants this bad publicity on the eve of the prestigious World Trade Fair, happening in New York, as each country is of course engaged in splendid PR for itself.

Gillespie is the man to send, both for his discretion and his ability to keep a clear and intelligent head.

But there is a lot more, of greater complexity, going on. Many German Americans and Irish Americans want to keep America out of the war. Roosevelt is edging closer to entering that war.
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I have read both Stangers and Shadows now and enjoyed both. They both expose the reader to momentous politicall events uring the 1930's. This onse , The City of Strangers starts with the brutality of the Irish/IRA struggles in the 1920's but then jumps forward to New York before WWII when different factions were hoping, for different reasons, that Hitler would prevail over Britain and trying to keep USA out or the war.
This able country detective has an ordinary job to do in bringing a suspect back from the USA to Ireland. Once in New York he is caught up in IRA sympathisers, German pressure groups and Jewish gangsters. He becomes an important character in the upheavals of the days just prior to the outbreak of WWII.
Russell gives a good insight into the poltics of those times. An annex of the historical context is a bonus for any history buff.
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excellent follow-up to City of shadows
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The first Stefan Gillespie book, The City of Shadows, was one of my top three reads of 2012, so I'd been looking forward to the second book in the series. The City of Strangers does not disappoint, with Michael Russell skilfully blending together three interconnected storylines: Gillespie travelling to New York to bring back a young man suspected of murdering his mother; a revenge plot dating back to the civil war; and the IRA's political manoeuvrings in the US and with German intelligence and the Irish response just prior to the Second World War. The result is a compelling, page-turner police procedural/political thriller. Indeed, Russell has done a fine job at punching all the right buttons - as well as a gripping plot, the characterisation is strong, the historical contextualisation excellent, and the sense of place well realised. Gillespie is a well penned and engaging lead, with a well developed back story. He is accompanied by a mix of fictional and real characters who are all alive on the page and whose interactions are nicely observed. There is a balanced blend of Irish and international politics, supported by some nice historical detail that is informative without swamping the story. And the reader is dropped into pre-war Wicklow, Dublin and New York. Overall, a very fine piece of crime fiction and I'm looking forward to reading the third book in the series.
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By Flutter Bye TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2013
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What a story! From the first few pages, I was drawn in by the setting and characters. It felt very Irish but in a natural rather than contrived way. The dialogue, location and attitudes were realistic and immediately set the story in a particular time. The main character travelled to New York and the detail of the air journey and the excitement about it was a strong reminder of what was then a new transatlantic service.

Once in New York, I was intrigued by the detail about the connections between the NYPD, politicians and Irish nationalism. This detail served as a backdrop for the main story, giving it depth and a definitive time setting along with the machinations in the build up to the outbreak of war. Overall, it's a well paced thriller which kept me both interested and guessing. Really enjoyed it.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 July 2015
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The City Of Strangers sees Stefan Gillespie, former Dublin detective turned rural policeman, sent to New York to escort a murder suspect back to Dublin on one of the new flying boats. Obviously nothing goes according to plan and he gets involved in pre-war German Irish politics amongst other things.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as it covers a wide area - the original murder and the suspect, the rescue of a wife from her abusive husband, IRA politics and violence, the rocky relationship between the English and Irish and the extremely murky links between the IRA and the Nazis - and I found it not only informative but very well written and compulsive. Stefan Gillespie is a man who doesn't fit in, being half German and Protestant. This makes him an ideal protagonist as he can be objective about inflammatory subjects, like the English or the fate of Ireland.
I would have liked to give this novel 5 stars but I have to admit to getting a bit lost in the history. I know very little about Irish politics or the IRA through a conscious choice and I thought Mr Russell assumed the reader would have a certain level of knowledge I don't possess and I felt it.
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