The Tartan Conspiracy
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Titel: The Tartan Conspiracy
Verlag: St Martins Pr, New York
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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Richard Grindal is able to evoke the rough and dangerous beauty of his native Scotland as few suspense writers can. In The Tartan Conspiracy Grindal has created a taut, realistic thriller, with the Scottish Highlands as the starting point for IRA-fueled international intrigue.
Ian Blackie's discovery of some documents and newspaper clippings in a trunk in his father's attic leads him to investigate further the death of his father's old school friend General Alexander Ballantine. Ian's tug on this loose thread of his father's life begins to unravel a complex series of IRA plots, culminating in a race-against-assassination finish reminiscent of Day of the Jackal.
After the intensely disquieting small-town mysteries of Over the Sea to Die, Grindal has returned with a broader novel of espionage, danger, and personal vengeance.
The death of his ailing father, Andrew, brings financial advisor Ian Blackie to Invermuir from Edinburgh to stay for a few weeks with his mother. Exploring the attic of the family home one day, Ian finds a locked box containing an assortment of newspaper clippings, ordnance maps, old books and photographs. Much of the material relates to General Alexander Ballantine, his father's lifetime friend, who was recently killed in a bomb explosion aboard his boat. There's evidence in the clutter of papers of a budding group of Scottish nationalists and of Andrew Blackie's disbelief that the IRA was responsible for his friend's death. Ian begins to follow up the bits and pieces, meeting Ballantine's stepdaughter Isobel, a writer, and gradually coming to share his father's skepticism as he uncovers a small, militaristic band calling themselves Scotland Arise, with unclear ties to the whiskey- distilling industry and plans for an assault of some kind in the works. Then Isobel's country cottage is burned to the ground and Ian finds his own life at risk. His theories fall on deaf ears but are soon to be played out to a worldwide audience. Suspense is tempered by an avalanche of detail and a sometimes flat-footed narrative style, but, still, mostly intriguing-- especially to lovers of the Scottish scene, always disarmingly captured by Grindal (The Whisky Murders, etc.). -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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