Today, in an all new session of THE READING ROOM, we are going to review Progeny of a Killer by J. M. Shorney
Sometimes the past throws up more than you can handle… When Aidan McRaney is sent into infiltrate the lair of a man obsessed with seeking revenge on the British for the murder of his IRA father, he is forced to confront a past he never knew existed. A fast-paced, tense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Progeny of a Killer by J.M. Shorney is an Irish political thriller set against the backdrop of the city of London. The protagonist, Aidan McRaney is an ex-con, now working as an undercover agent for the wheel chair borne Treveleyan. Unlike most of the secret agents we are familiar with, McRaney is a different breed. He has a past which denies him a peaceful job and he is forced into this profession only to look after his family – his loving wife, son Patrick, daughter Catie and sister Bridget. An alcoholic and chain smoker, McRaney seems unfit for the job. There are moments in the story where he has to choose between his family and profession. The mental conflicts lose him his nerves at times which he feels ashamed of.
McRaney and his colleague, Dennis Mitchell breaks into Cartright’s home to find DVDs of him, a pedophile abusing teen girls. Aware of the fact that Lamond brothers for whom Cartright worked for are no more, the duo is determined to find out who the boss is.
McRaney is introduced to Daniel Fergus Corrigan as the prime suspect by Lorna Allardyce, sister of McRaney’s former girlfriend. She also works for Treveleyan. He is also informed of the fate of Jason Lang, another agent of Treveleyan who was tarred and feathered for trying to infiltrate into Corrigan’s deeds.
Even though I wish to continue, any further revelation is going to kill the thrill and suspense of the readers who wish to read this fast paced thriller. Shocking suspense, twists and some higher order violence make this book a good read. A special mention to be given for the author for her command over the Irish history. I had to Google and depend on Wikipedia to get a clear picture of the various milestone events of Irish history presented in the book.
Ending this review without saying a word about Danny aka Daniel Fergus Corrigan will be a crime. Though the antagonist, this character will definitely leave a mark once you finish reading the book: at least I felt so. A smart, cool and low profile guy who seeks revenge and retaliation for an event that took place almost a century ago.
My rating: 3/5
Title: Progeny of a Killer
Author: J. M. Shorney
Publisher: Consilience Media, 27 May 2014
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So here we come to an end to today’s session of Reading Room
Reviewed By: Rahul Mohan V (Team WordBite)