Bloodland by Alan Glynn
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A helicopter crash off the coast of Ireland sends unexpected ripples through the international community in this intricate new thriller from the author of Winterland and Limitless (now a major motion picture).

Susie Monaghan was on the cusp of stardom when her life was cut short by a tragic helicopter crash. After a full investigation, her death was ruled an accident: case closed. But a hungry young journalist named Jimmy Gilroy isn't buying the official story. Before dying, Susie's path had crossed with an unlikely gallery of powerful men: an ex-Prime minister with a carefully guarded secret; the businessman brother of a U.S. Senator angling for the Oval Office; and a billionaire investor with his eye on an extremely rare commodity. Might there also be a link between Susie's death and a deranged security contractor operating in Congo? Piece by piece, Jimmy uncovers a bizarre nexus of coincidence among these disparate people and events, revealing a conspiracy of frightening reach and consequence--one that could cost him his life.

Set against a vividly drawn world of corporate and political intrigue, Alan Glynn's Bloodland is a riveting paranoid thriller of uncommon depth and page-turning suspense.

 

About Alan Glynn

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Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College. His first novel, The Dark Fields, was released in March 2011 as the movie Limitless by Relativity Media. He is also the author of Winterland.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Picador. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He’s charged with immortalizing Susie Monaghan, an assignment he’s prepared to take very seriously given his straitened circumstances, plus the attractive added inducement of Susie’s lovely sister, whose input he deems integral to the project.

Feb 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Bloodland: A Novel

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the portrayal of a bereaved young woman whose loneliness, infatuation and naivety lead her into dangerous territory is delicate, sympathetic and engaging.The Secrets of Pain, by Phil Rickman (Corvus, £18.99)Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal to better effe...

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In this elegantly plotted thriller from Irish author Glynn (Winterland), Dublin reporter Jimmy Gilroy, who’s hurting for steady work, seizes the opportunity to write the life story of hard-partying Susie Monaghan, a washed-up actress killed three years earlier with five others in an unexplained...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Ever since Jimmy Gilroy was made redundant at his newspaper a couple of years ago, he has been scratching a living as he can by freelancing.

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City Book Review

Tell me it’s not the prospect of the last chapter they’re drolling over.’ Jimmy is taken aback by this—celebrity drool, as he remembers it, always having been something of a Phil Sweeney specialty.” In the first chapter, the sheer number of characters to remember in Bloodland is daunting.

May 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Bloodland: A Novel

PopMatters

The ending of the book trails off with little acknowledgement of any practical or emotional implications for Jimmy, and I felt I was left waiting for something more, as if this were the second book in a trilogy of which I hadn’t read the first or last installment.

Jan 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Bloodland: A Novel

Independent.ie

I grew up on the American thriller tradition that was pioneered by Dashiell Hammett in the late 1920s and early 1930s, developed by Raymond Chandler in the late 1930s and early 1940s and subsequently tweaked by such masters as Ross McDonald, John D McDonald, Ed McBain, Charles Willeford, Elmore L...

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: A young investigative journalist takes on an assignment to write about the tragic death of a celebrity aboard a helicopter that accidentally crashed off the northeastern coast of Ireland three years ago, only to learn that it might not have been an accident after all, in Bloodland, a stan...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Piece by piece, Jimmy uncovers a bizarre nexus of coincidence among these disparate people and events, revealing a conspiracy of frightening reach and consequence--one that could cost him his life.

Set against a vividly drawn world of corporate and political intrigue, Alan Glynn's Blood...

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Jeremy Lynch

Power brokers set one another up to higher and higher positions, while viewing all others as “collateral damage.” Glynn builds a conspiracy so realistic and beautifully complex that you can easily envision actual politicians and corporate heads in the roles the characters embody.

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Shots

Glynn’s narrative has what seem disparate strands such as a US political dynasty involved in a mining venture in war-torn Congo, an Irish property tycoon Dave Conway about to face financial Armageddon, the former Irish Taoiseach [aka Prime Minister / President] Larry Bolger mentally ‘lost and adr...

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