Ghosts Of The Pasts Harry McCallion.
I’m going to start this review with a quote from one of the characters in the book.
“A mysterious Russian Countess – a sinister killer – and two dead diplomats – It sounds like something out of a novel”
Well it is something out of a novel. It’s out of this one, and being as this is said within the first couple of chapters it’s not even a spoiler.
This book is great. McCallion has used the mid-nineties era to set a book in a very unstable world.
Different factions of the Irish terrorist organisation of the PIRA are at war, some in favour of peace with England others definitely not.
The Soviet empire has crumbled since the knocking down of the Berlin Wall and the coming of independence of some of the soviet states.
In England the mysterious Countess Natasha Romanov is in a bitter battle with Ukrainian Mafioso in an attempt to capture the lucrative drug trade in Europe.
In Ireland the IRA are fighting amongst themselves and all the time a lone assassin ties the factions together but whose side is he on.
London Met Police officers, aided by DI Nevin Brown of the Royal Ulster Constabulary are investigating murders across the capital. Are they all connected to the feuds being played out between the groups from the ex-soviet nations and the feuds between the warring factions of the Irish Terrorists.
Whose side should the Police take, is there any friendly faces amongst the different factions.
MI5 seem to be standing back and letting things play out, much to the detriment of the investigating officers and their safety.
This book starts of like a sprinter coming out of the blocks and doesn’t slow down all the way to the end.
One of my favourite authors of all time is Robert Ludlum. Well for me Harry McCallion is every bit as good.
I will be looking out for more of his books in the future.