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Description In the last days before signing the peace agreement, an IRA splinter cell mounts an operation on the British mainland using English criminals. This unprecedented move intrigues MI6 and they assume command of MI5â€™s surveillance operation. A career criminal is released from prison and aims to win back the wife and child his sentence has cost him, but before he can, he is forced back into his old world. The stakes have changed and his family have become leverage for the most ruthless people imaginable. A woman imprisoned in an abusive relationship, desperate to escape with her son and rekindle her past becomes the pawn in a deadly world of deception, violence and retribution. A clandestine wing of the secret intelligence service tests its newest recruit. Alex King has trained and operated in the shadowy world of intelligence and now he must kill for his country, but before he can, he needs to discover more about the men he has been sent to kill. Editor's Note: We asked A P Bateman a little about the Alex King prequel, setting it 20 years before The Contract man, and in particular a little about the title. Here's what came back from the author: This book took nineteen years to make it this far, but Iâ€™m glad it did. It is all the better for it now. It started out very differently, but due to the success of the Alex King novels, I thought it would make a great prequel. Those who have read the other books will appreciate the background; those who have not read the others hopefully will read them with a little insider knowledge.
So why Shadows of Good Friday? Well, it goes back to my former life training in close protection. Chatting in small groups with large beers, I came across an ex-policeman who had been involved in an investigation of an armed robbery, the manager of which, had been the insider. He disappeared, but his wife knew more than she let on. She had clearly been abused and although the policeman didnâ€™t exactly turn a blind eye, he knew she knew more, but they were unable to prove it. At the same table, another would-be bodyguard had lived a life of crime and had always wanted to get out. He always seemed to find himself pulled back in, and felt that the life he planned to have in close protection was his last chance. He would leave his associates behind, travel the world and become a new man. If he went back to crime, he may well spend more of his life inside prison than he had as a free man. After some banter, we watched him open doors throughout the pub using nothing more than a broken fork, a hairclip, a drinks straw and a selection of beermats. One of the instructors was a former SAS trooper and along with his former Royal Marine colleague, told us how they first met. The Royal Marine had been part of a surveillance operation on a high profile member of Sinn Fein. We all knew his name and so would you. The SAS trooper was tasked with putting a device under the manâ€™s vehicle. As it was, there was some sort of compromise and the operation was aborted. Now, to this day, and put it down to the beer, but I do not know if it was meant to be an explosive device, or a tracking device. But all I knew, was that Shadows of Good Friday was already taking shape in my mind around that table. By the morning it was a working plot. While training for a new career, I had inadvertently started another.
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