Acts of Allegiance

A Novel

Acts of Allegiance

By:  Cunningham, Peter

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5.5 X 8.3 in
296 pg

FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage
FICTION / General
FICTION / Thrillers / Historical
For readers of The Goldfinch and classic le Carré, a propulsive tale of espionage, betrayal, loyalty, and love, set during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

“Remarkable. . . Readers are advised to pay close attention as Cunningham’s beautiful, twisting story unfolds until arriving at its sad, shocking conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A wonderful brew of a book about politics, family, violence, love, betrayal—life, in other words. Peter Cunningham has written a winner."—John Banville

"Masterful . . . This is an intricately structured novel. It is also a timely novel . . . It's a sharp reminder of what evil can be done in the name of good."—Irish Times

"Robustly entertaining . . . There is something of a blood brothers yarn in the opening chapters. . . . It kicks into life and is still twisting and turning with major narrative developments in the last pages. A satisfying read."—Irish Examiner

"An exciting tale of espionage, infidelity, family secrets and betrayal . . . It's a satisfying read that fans of the spy genre will enjoy. . . . Most interesting of all is the fact that there is a true story somewhere at the heart of this book—the author discovered, only as an adult, that his own father had been a spy providing information on possible IRA operatives."—Independent

"Acts of Allegiance is that rare find that manages to combine literary lyricism with a satisfyingly propulsive, airtight plot. It is a crackling tale of espionage, state secrets, and betrayal, taking us on a devastating tour past the landmark events of the Troubles; through Bloody Sunday and sinister figures. . . . Yet at its heart, this is a reflective novel centered around one man's conflicted self and search for his father. . . . An intriguing excavation of how the personal and the political can tragically collide."—Totally Dublin

“[This] crafty sectarian spy saga balances meaty themes with [a] page-turner grip.”—Sunday Independent

"When I began to write my latest novel, Acts of Allegiance—about an Irishman who spies for the British, but in the modern era—I realized this was a novel I had been destined to write. I could not avoid confronting what had happened to my father, and what he must have gone through for the sake of something he believed in."—Peter Cunningham, quoted in "How My Dad Spied for the British Army" in the Irish News

"Lovely and intense, a moving portrait of human nature tucked into a thriller. . . . A drama of good versus evil—plus all the gradations between."—Woven Tale Press

Peter Cunningham is an award-winning novelist, who won the Prix de l’Europe and the Prix Caillou for his historical novel The Sea and the Silence. He is a member of Aosdána, the Irish Academy for Arts and Letters and lives with his wife in County Kildare, Ireland.