Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin. His books include Cowboys and
Indians, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association
Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France's Prix Millepages,
Italy's Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of
the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book
Novel 2011) and Shadowplay (Irish Book Awards Novel of the Year,
Costa Novel of the Year shortlist). His fiction has been translated
into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for
Outstanding Contribution to Literature and in 2014 he was appointed
Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of
A spectacular, thrilling novel...suspense crackles...celebrates
triumphant against-the-odds camaraderie.
O'Connor is on stellar form with this ensemble thriller ...while the story's inbuilt tension urges you on, it's the sheer vigour of O'Connor's beautifully turned phrases that really makes the book sing...an expert storyteller
A literary thriller of the highest order. The incarnation of O'Flaherty, the Irish Oskar Schindler, is sublime. What often elevates a writer is compassion, and O'Connor has it in spades... Beautifully crafted, his razor-sharp dialogue is to be savoured, and he employs dark humour to great effect. The plot twists keep on coming
Breathtakingly good writing - O'Connor puts you right there, centre stage in the story and never lets you go
The novel's evocative scene-setting, its propulsive narration and its powerful depiction of bravery and unity in extremis, all make for an engrossing read.