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Review: The Belfast Connection

The Belfast Connection
Title: The Belfast Connection
Author: Milton Bass
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: New American Library
Copyright: 1988
Pages: 300
Keywords: thriller
Reading period: 14–17 February, 2016

San Diego cop Benny Freedman decides to meet his Belfast relatives for the first time. They disowned his Catholic mother decades ago when she married his Jewish father. It turns out that her siblings are still un­re­pen­tant bigots, but he finds himself drawn to two of his cousins, pretty young Catherine Callahan and Brendan O’Malley, a poet whose brother Sean has just been murdered. Cousin Benny finds himself drawn into in­ternecine feuding between the IRA and the INLA, as well as skirmishes against the British Army and loyalist gangs. Brendan, an IRA cell leader, has his own designs upon Catherine and he becomes jealous that she is drawn to Benny.

Parts of the plot are wildly im­prob­a­ble—Ben­ny has been made a mul­ti­mil­lion­aire twice by the two dead women that he mourns from earlier adventures, not to mention the way that he draws trouble. Still, the plot moves along at a good pace. Benny, though he is troubled to find himself aiding republican violence, also despairs at the plight of poor Catholics during the Troubles and at their in­tran­si­gence in piling re­tal­i­a­tion upon re­tal­i­a­tion.

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