Night Crossing by Don J. Snyder

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A novel of political intrigue (the time is 1998) with overtones of a classic Hitchcock thriller; a story of a romantic encounter—of two strangers suddenly invading each other’s lives.

Night Crossing carries us from a quiet Boston suburb to a wild pursuit across the northern counties of Ireland. The man and woman who find themselves bound together are from two different worlds. Nora is an American, married, pregnant, leading the most ordinary middle-class life until, one day, she finds her husband in the arms of another woman—and explodes out of her house, out of Boston, headed for an Irish countryside she long ago fell in love with, intending to walk across the open green fields where she will decide how her life is to proceed. But on the way, waiting in a clinic in Northern Ireland, contemplating an abortion, she hears a woman screaming in the street. A mammoth bomb has exploded.

Immediately, instinctively, Nora comes to the aid of a wounded man, a British soldier. And from that moment everything spirals out of control. Suddenly Nora is on the run, in the middle of someone else’s nightmare—her pursuers are revealed as British Intelligence, and the anonymous wounded Brit as a man with a past, a personality, a direction, an importance, a name—and an adversary—of his own. What follows through eight terrifying days is a chase in the grand manner—his life in her hands, her life upended—culminating in a daring night crossing of the Irish Sea to Scotland and to the moment of truth.

About Don J. Snyder

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DON J. SNYDER is the author of many acclaimed books, including the memoirs The Cliff Walk and Of Time and Memory and the novels Night Crossing and Fallen Angel.
Published June 12, 2001 by Knopf. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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While Blackburn’s motives make superficial sense—rescue the peace process by turning the people against the IRA—the fact that he is responsible for so many deaths makes him an unsympathetic figure and a deeply bizarre love interest for Nora.

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In August of 1998, police in Omagh, a market town in Northern Ireland, received word that a bomb would go off near the courthouse. Saturday shoppers were herded away from the building, whereupon th

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When she naïvely lets drop that she saw a British soldier with an infant running away from the bomb site before the blast (thereby indicating that he knew what was going to happen), she sets in motion a manhunt for the soldier, the rescued mother and baby and for Nora herself—all are valuable wit...

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