From the Publisher:
Former IRA operative Martin Fallon has survived prison, the bottle, and a police pursuit that sent him running the length and breadth of Ireland. As Fallon turns forty years old, the IRA needs his help again, this time to break Patrick Rogan, the leader of IRA Ulster, out of prison before he is executed. But not all is as it seems. When a newly freed Rogan commits murder in the name of a ruthless IRA sect, Fallon?s rescue mission will become a deadly clash between those who wish to save Ireland, and those who seek to destroy it.
Though born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, Jack Higgins grew up in Belfast amid chaotic political unrest made even more significant by his family's political involvements. He later moved to Leeds, where he earned a teacher's certificate in 1958. This allowed him to acquire a variety of teaching positions that took him through Yorkshire and eventually to London, where he received a B.S. in sociology at the University of London in 1962. Before becoming an internationally best-selling author, Higgins held such jobs as circus tent-hand and tram conductor. But when his novel "The Eagle Has Landed" hit the bookstores in 1975, Higgins embarked upon a successful career writing thrillers varying in themes from organized crime to political and military conspiracies.