Four shots in the night: A True Story of Stakeknife, Murder and Justice in Northern Ireland

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On 26th May 1986, the body of an undercover British agent was found by the side of a muddy lane, with a rope tied around its wrists and tape over each eye. The brutal killing of Frank Hegarty began a decades-long search for justice. In a compulsive blend of investigative journalism and true crime thriller, Henry Hemming exposes the parallel worlds of the IRA and British intelligence through the lives of those inextricably bound up in both. After his recruitment by British secret intelligence, Frank Hegarty infiltrated IRA circles and became trusted with the most covert operations. But soon Frank would have to make an impossible decision, with devastating and deadly consequences. In 2016 a detective began to investigate the chilling possibility that Frank was murdered by another undercover British agent, known as ‘Stakeknife’.

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HOW THE DEATH OF A SPY IN THE IRA LED TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST MURDER INVESTIGATIONS IN BRITISH HISTORY.

On 26th May 1986, the body of an undercover British agent was found by the side of a muddy lane, with a rope
tied around its wrists and tape over each eye. Years later, it was reported that this murder might have been carried out by another undercover British agent, known as ‘Stakeknife’. In 2016, a detective began to investigate this case, and would soon find himself running the largest murder investigation in British history.

In a compulsive blend of investigative journalism and true crime thriller, Henry Hemming exposes the parallel worlds of the IRA and British intelligence through the lives of those inextricably bound up in both. He reveals the bravery of those who were crucial in ending the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the bloodiest and longest-running conflict in recent British history, and the determination of one detective in his dogged search for justice and the truth.

a compelling story’ – The Times

‘[a] gripping and consistently surprising true-life thriller’ – Observer

‘A truly page-turning, compulsive and also profoundly moving narrative. Superb.’ JAMES HOLLAND

‘Gripping, urgent, superbly reported and brilliantly written’ DAN JONES

‘A gripping and pacey book that reads like a thriller. I found it shocking in a world where I didn’t think I could be shocked any more. Henry Hemming wears his extensive research very lightly and manages to shape a great narrative from a complex and dark episode from our recent history. An important and skilfully crafted book.’ JOHN O’FARRELL

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Weight 460 g
Dimensions 23.2 × 15 × 3.4 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

352

Language

English

Dewey

941.6082 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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