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Hours of Gladness
     

Hours of Gladness

by Thomas J. Fleming, Thomas Fleming
 

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When Dick O'Gorman and Billy Kilroy choose Paradise Beach, New Jersey, as the ideal place to smuggle ashore Cuban missiles for the Irish Republican Army, no one realizes the violent upheaval into which the community will soon be thrown. It is 1984. Irish Americans, preoccupied by a loss of political power in the cities, have little sympathy for Ireland and the IRA.

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When Dick O'Gorman and Billy Kilroy choose Paradise Beach, New Jersey, as the ideal place to smuggle ashore Cuban missiles for the Irish Republican Army, no one realizes the violent upheaval into which the community will soon be thrown. It is 1984. Irish Americans, preoccupied by a loss of political power in the cities, have little sympathy for Ireland and the IRA. This is especially true of Patrolman Mick O'Day, an ex-Marine sergeant haunted by moral failure in Vietnam. Worsening Mick's inner torment, Trai Nguyen Phac, the beautiful Vietnamese woman who seduced him into betraying his own men, is living as a refugee in Paradise Beach. The final element in this combustible mix is a British secret agent disguised as a priest who, sowing raging suspicion between the IRA men and the Irish Americans, ignites a physical and spiritual explosion that tears the community apart at its very seams.

With unflinching candor and vivid insight, Hours of Gladness illuminates the journey of the twentieth-century Irish soul in Ireland and America.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Fleming, a best-selling author and PBS host for a miniseries about the Irish in the United States, sets his new novel in 1984 in a small New Jersey town where Irish Americans control things. A Vietnam War vet, now a cop, becomes embroiled in a vicious conspiracy bringing together organized crime mobsters, lying IRA emissaries, cocaine, missiles from Havana, and the inflammatory emotions of local Irish Americans. There's a lot of money to be made in the deal, but when the mobsters' $1.5 million goes astray, there is more than hell to pay. The cop, seeking to clear a debt of honor incurred in Vietnam, tries to protect some Vietnamese refugees, who also become engulfed in the standoff. Fleming weaves together these ethnic and racial themes, which resonate in the American psyche. The novel is a showcase for intense hatreds, passions, and regrets amidst so much complicated plotting that a reader daren't miss a single paragraph. Fleming's fans will want to find this in major public libraries, but others may prefer his earlier biographies and novels, e.g., Remember the Morning or Wages of Fame.--Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812566772
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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