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Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank the following: my agent, Jonathan Williams for his expert representation and editing; Eoin Purcell for his faith in the O’Keefe novels and his work on their behalf for both Mercier and New Island; Dr Justin Corfield for his editing, and all the staff at New Island for their tireless work and support; Emma Barnes for her once again wonderful cover design; my first reader and editor, my mother, Juliet McCarthy; John Dorney and Jim Herlihy for answering my many queries about the minutiae of life during the Civil War and the workings of the CID during the conflict; Colin McCarthy, Susan Dunne, Niall Hogan who generously read and offered comments on early drafts of the novel; my father, Geoffrey McCarthy, Breda Dunne, Geoffrey ‘Jefe’ McCarthy, Susannah and Jonathan Grimes, Mary McCarthy and Sergo Gabunya, Karen Fullenkamp and Gina McCarthy and all my friends and work colleagues who supported me during the writing of this book; most especially, the author would like to thank Regina, Áine and Eibhlin, without whom the writing of this novel would not have been possible.

This book is dedicated to my wife, Regina

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