14 Oct 2014

“A Time of Traitors” by David Lawlor

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It’s 1921, and Liam Mannion is embroiled in the murky world of informers and spies; the IRA has announced a truce, and the British and Irish leaderships are taking their first tentative steps toward signing a treaty.

Liam and his fiancee, Kate, are tasked with finding republican rotten apples, some of whom are intent on foiling the fledgling peace talks. For Kate, the Brigade Intelligence Officer, that means asking awkward questions of trusted allies – questions that reveal a traitor. For Liam, it means travelling to London and collaborating with the British police to find a killer.

As the search unfolds, a devastating revelation from Liam’s past will make the hunt more personal–and deadly–than even he could imagine.

Here is my review:

“A Time of Traitors” by David Lawlor is another gripping book in his Liam Mannion series, an IRA fighter in the 1920ies who used to work for the British.
The story begins with an assassination and continues with the liberation of an IRA fighter from prison. Lawlor wastes no time to throw us into the deep end of the fighting and as the action unfolds we get to grasp the dangers and the difficulties to trust anyone.378344b681016d439abdb1cc95ee7c03
As the title promises, this is a tale of betrayal and distrust, for example when our fighters walk into an ambush or when they take on Albie, a young man they liberate from said prison, a decision they have not much time to loose over. Albie is a fascinating character with a great background story.
Lawlor writes his characters and scenes with much flair and colour, the characters and settings are vividly drawn and take you right into the feeling of those volatile times.

The book has an authentic feel and is a great continuation of the series and its story. This is a wonderful story of heroes and cowards, of honour and bravery, injustice and revenge. Full of suspense and some heart-breaking moments this is a historical thriller not to be missed.

The book on Amazon US and UK 

and my previous feature on David 



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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

4 Responses to ““A Time of Traitors” by David Lawlor”

  1. David Lawlor says:

    Love the colours, Christoph! 🙂

  2. CBook5901 says:

    I thought you might like them. They go well with the cover 😉

  3. Anna Celeste Burke says:

    David, Sounds like a great series–will add it to my TBR list. The setting is a time and place about which I know very little, but about time I learned given the great reviews for the books in the series! Cheers!


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