The Killing Frost by Thomas Hayden

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On a ship returning to England, four men--aging rebel Myles Burke; Alexander Carew, out to crush the Irish cause; scheming journalist William Durkin; and Con Gallagher, returning to reclaim his patrimony and his woman--are drawn into the Easter Rebellion. A first novel.

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Lt. Cdr. Richard Jadick is the recipient of the Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor, the only Navy doctor to have been awarded one so far in the Iraq war. He is now a urology resident at the Medical College of Georgia and is still in the Navy. Thomas Hayden is a freelance journalist.
Published January 1, 1991 by Century. 534 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But Durkin's discoveries lead Carew to realize that one IRB hotbed is all too close to home: the personal servant of Carew's own uncle, a Protestant landowner in Carewstown, has been conspiring with the local schoolmaster and others to provide arms for the IRB.

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Alec Carew, a British intelligence officer and heir to the dwindling estate of Gallagher's former landlord, seeks to quash the rebellious Irish Republican Brotherhood, and the promise of knighthood induces loutish William Durkin, the affluent publisher of a Dublin scandal sheet, to help Carew.

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