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on 10 November 2006
To suggest that this is no longer worth reading because the situation in Northern Ireland has changed is a bit like suggesting (say) that 'Richard III' is no longer worth going to see because the Wars of the Roses have ended. Moreover, there are still terrorists around, and there will still be moral dilemmas to be confronted by those unfortunate enough to come into contact with them, even if not in the same way or with the same type of terrorist. The moral dilemma set up in this novel is gripping: the protagonist faces the choice between (it seems to him) his wife being killed by terrorists, or leaving a bomb which will kill many others. The reader is forced to consider his or her likely reaction in similar circumstances. Against a persuasively-realised background, the ordinariness of the terrorists, and the variations in their attitudes, are bleakly and calmly captured. A few Americanisms (from recollection, examples were 'trunk' for boot of a car, 'going to the bathroom') jarred slightly in this realistic work but maybe (although I doubt it) these are also present in Northern Irish speech. Overall this is thoughtful, thought-provoking work, and, while it will do nothing to cheer you up, deserves to be read right to the end.
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