Terrible Beauty by Peter T. King
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In this intense, realistic, and fast-paced novel, Peter King tells the story of Bernadette Hanlon, a Catholic housewife and mother of three. She's the last person anyone would suspect of IRA involvement, but when her husband is threatened with a frame-up by the British government and an innocent girl is shot in the head during a peaceful demonstration, Bernadette sees joining the IRA as the only way to fight injustice.

About Peter T. King

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Peter T. King was recently elected to his sixth term in Congress, where he serves on the Financial Services Committee and the International Relations Committe. Vale of Tears is his third book. He lives in Seaford, Nassau County, New York.
Published May 1, 1999 by Roberts Rinehart Pub. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The judicial bane of Irish terrorists in the 1980s was the ’supergrass” (or ’snake in the grass—) system—by which uncorroborated evidence from paid informers was admitted into criminal proceedings—and Bernadette now becomes a prominent spokesman against it.

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The remaining jungle paintings came in a spurt in the last five years of his life, starting with “The Hungry Lion.” (Exhibited in the 1905 Salon des Indépendants, it may have influenced the choice of catchword for a group of young painters — the Fauves, or Wild Beasts — whose work was hangin...

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Recognizing that her beauty and intelligence make her a perfect spokeswoman, the IRA arranges an American speaking tour for Bernadette, during which she is to spread the word about British injustice and the ""supergrasses"" (informers).

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Meanwhile, the cool counterweight of Sophie's story while Thomas is off exploring sets mild English village life against the major mayhem of the ruthless Amazonian rubber empire, headed by the pitiless rubber baron Jose Santos.

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