Anatomy of a Killing: Life and Death on a Divided Island
On the morning of Saturday 22nd April 1978, members of an Active Service Unit of the IRA hijacked a car and crossed the countryside to the town of Lisburn. Within an hour, they had killed an off-duty policeman in front of his young son. Even amidst the carnage of The Troubles, this crime proved deeply shocking.
In Anatomy of a Killing, award-winning journalist Ian Cobain documents the hours leading up to the killing, and the months and years of violence, attrition and rebellion surrounding it. Drawing on interviews with those most closely involved, as well as court files, police notes, military intelligence reports, IRA strategy papers, memoirs and government records, this is a unique perspective on the Troubles, and a revelatory work of investigative journalism.
Through analysis of one heinous crime, Cobain weaves a picture of the entirety of The Troubles. This is masterful journalism, excellently researched and written,
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