Running with Crows - The Life and Death of a Black and Tan Paperback – 3 Feb 2013
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'An excellent and well researched book ... an interesting and enjoyable read ... throws new light on the life and death of an Irish Black & Tan' - Royal Irish Constabulary Forum
'A well written and entertaining story ... an enjoyable read' - Irish Volunteers Commemorative Society
It is 1921. In Ireland a war of bloody reprisals wages between republican volunteers and Royal Irish Constabulary. The RIC, their ranks augmented by Great War veterans - dubbed the Black & Tans - face daily ambushes and sieges. Outrages are perpetrated by both sides in this struggle for an independent Ireland. Meanwhile, in Dublin's Mountjoy Gaol, Constable William Mitchell awaits execution for the murder, in the sleepy Wicklow town of Dunlavin, of respected magistrate Mr Robert Dixon.
Who was Mitchell and did he in fact kill the magistrate? What political machinations make Mitchell's execution a foregone conclusion? Who is the sinister character whose life runs in parallel to Mitchell's and whose path briefly crosses his - with fatal consequences?
DJ Kelly's latest research-based novel reflects the true, yet hitherto untold, story of the only member of the British crown forces to be executed for murder during the Irish War of Independence.
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Top Customer Reviews
It was obvious from the start that the author had researched every aspect in writing it,
from life in areas of Dublin and South London to what it was like for soldiers in India at
the turn of the century.
It covered various points of Irish history I was not aware of, which I found very interesting.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
The research into the 16th Lancers was also of impressive, (I assume it was researched!) and the subject's period of service with the Royal West Sussex reg in India was also of special interest to me, I would have liked more on both! Perhaps I will get that in the author's next book?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a well-researched and competently written novel, full of astonishing detail. The novel chronicles the life of Constable William Mitchell, a man accused of murdering a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Molly Flanders
A story of life in Ireland and how the Irish tried to fight the British without success.Published 12 months ago by HSJ Johnston
Running with Crows is extremely well-researched and Kelly does an excellent job of bringing 1920s Dublin to life. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2014 by Frederick St John Smythe
I enjoyed reading this very much. It was written in a simple, easy to understand style and I'd recommend it to anyone for a nice easy and enjoyable read. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2014 by GDD
I loved this and all of her books. Beautifully written and researched. Can't help wondering if the Dev. B 'person' who's written such drivel, is making it up as he goes along. Read morePublished on 17 July 2014 by freda hill
My original review of this book was deleted last night by my partner after she came across a splenetic and clown like attempt at intimidation by someone claiming to... Read more
Great story, beautifully and intelligently written. I couldn't put it down and look forward to reading DJ Kelly's other books.Published on 16 Jan. 2014 by R. Howe