Long Island Congressman Peter King delivers a delicious novel of cutthroat politics on both sides of the Atlantic. Congressman Sean Cross (a King stand-in) is up for re-election in 2006. At the same time, Frank McGrath, an IRA informer who had been in the British witness protection program, is found dead with a bullet in the head, and both kneecaps blown off in Sunnyside, Queens. British and New York cops trace the gun back to the IRA.
Troublingly for Congressman Cross, additional intelligence reports link him to notorious Irish terrorists. Suddenly, Cross's political future is in jeopardy. So, he reaches out to an unlikely ally to help solve the crime and clear his name: former President Bill Clinton.
Populated by the likes of Clinton as well as Gerry Adams, "Deliver Us From Evil" delivers a sometimes fun, sometimes gripping look at the nitty-gritty of Irish peacemaking and dealmaking. ($24.95, 320 pages, Robert Rinehart)