The Guns of Heaven

The Guns of Heaven

by Pete Hamill
     
 

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On a visit to Northern Ireland, newspaper reporter Sam Briscoe meets with a mysterious IRA leader and agrees to deliver an envelope to his supporters in New York City. It’s a decision with grave consequences - not just for Briscoe, but for his 11-year-old daughter as well. Because the bloody Irish conflict is about to come to the streets of New York, and Briscoe is

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On a visit to Northern Ireland, newspaper reporter Sam Briscoe meets with a mysterious IRA leader and agrees to deliver an envelope to his supporters in New York City. It’s a decision with grave consequences - not just for Briscoe, but for his 11-year-old daughter as well. Because the bloody Irish conflict is about to come to the streets of New York, and Briscoe is the only man standing in its way...

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Nostradamus he isn't; but award-winning journalist Pete Hamill's 1983 pulp noir classic, The Guns of Heaven -- reissued with new cover art by Hard Case Crime -- has disturbing similarities to the events of 9/11. American reporter Sam Briscoe, after visiting relatives in Northern Ireland and inadvertently getting involved in an international IRA gun-smuggling plot, must deal with a group of sadistic terrorists who have not only kidnapped his daughter but also have plans on blowing up a historic Manhattan landmark.

While visiting his 72-year-old uncle -- a staunch IRA supporter -- in Northern Ireland, Briscoe gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to talk face to face with an enigmatic IRA leader known only as Commander Steel. In return for the exclusive interview, Briscoe agrees to deliver an envelope to an Irish tavern owner in Queens upon his return to the States. But shortly after Briscoe hands over the envelope to its intended recipient, Irish-born Jack McDaid, McDaid and his bar are blown to smithereens by a bomb; and Briscoe becomes entangled in a bloody conflict that could mean the death of him, his daughter, four prominent Irish-American politicians, and thousands of innocents…

As with every Hard Case Crime release since the imprint's 2004 inception, The Guns of Heaven is an utterly readable and thoroughly enjoyable pulp noir gem. As timely as it is timeless, this unearthed crime fiction classic featuring hard-nosed reporter Sam Briscoe will enthrall, enlighten, and, above all else, entertain. Paul Goat Allen
Library Journal
Hamill joins the fabulous Hard Case Crime line with his 1983 novel of Sam Briscoe, a newspaper reporter visiting Northern Ireland. Sam foolishly offers to deliver an envelope from an IRA boss to the group's supporters in New York City. Not the smartest move, for Briscoe soon finds himself up to his eyebrows in Belfast boyos. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553227536
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/1984

Meet the Author

A journalist of legendary stature, Pete Hamill served as editor-in-chief of both The New York Daily News and The New York Post, and has written for countless publications. At the same time, Hamill has pursued a career as a fiction writer, winning high praise for novels such as Snow In August, Flesh and Blood, and Forever, and has been nominated for an Edgar Award.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York, and Cuernavaca, Mexico
Date of Birth:
1935
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
Mexico City College, 1956-1957; Pratt Institute
Website:
http://www.petehamill.com

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