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Phoenix: Policing The Shadows Paperback – 5 Jun 1997
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About the Author
Jack Holland grew up in Belfast, in a mixed religion family. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and at the University of Essex.
Jack Holland's work has appeared in the Spectator, The Sunday Times, the New York Times and the London Irish Post among others.
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One can't help but wonder at the stupidity of putting all of a country's intelligence chiefs into one aircraft - not exactly tactical genius on display, and very surprising. The other surprise was that he was able to keep up the pretence to Jack Holland of being a hearing aid salesman for all those years! This is a very interesting book, of particular interest to people from NI, Ireland (the 6 counties/the North of Ireland &c, &c), or people from the UK with an interest in politics or history.
I am sure that policing is a lot duller and less fun without Detective Superintendant Ian Phoenix.
I shows the total dedication by individuals to ensure that people living in Northern Ireland no matter their religion,could do so as safely as possible.
This book takes you into the Phoenix family, from Ian Phoenix's military service, meeting his wife and settling down to raise a family in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Ian joins the then R.U.C and works his way through the ranks to superintendent. He joins the special branch and becomes one of their most valuable officers. Throughout his time in special branch, no one in his social circle knew he was a police officer.
Ian joined other expert for a short flight by Chinoock helicopter to Scotland for a high level intelligence conference. During the short flight the helicopter crashed on The Mull of kintyre killing all on board. This was a major set back in the fight against terrorism both in Northern Ireland and the mainland due to the number of deaths of very senior officers from police, military and other services.
Thank you Susan for writing this book and opening you heart and family to us the reader.
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