Aidan McRaney is trying to stay away from his shadier past in this James Bond style thriller, but the offer of fifteen thousand pounds from Agency boss Nick Lombardi is too good to pass up. Lombardi needs someone to infiltrate the lair of ‘The Widow’.
No agent has survived previous missions and Lombardi believes it’s McRaney’s knowledge of the criminal underworld that will give him the edge. An arms dealer, The Widow is in league with the L.A. Mafia and has bought a house on a remote island off the Cornish coast, far enough away from the mainland where the arms can be both smuggled and tested. When Don Giorgio Avonicci arrives, accompanied by his female bodyguard, McRaney finds it’s not just the weapons being tested but his commitment to his wife in London.
This is the fourth book in the Aidan McRaney series which began with his release from prison in the book Stalking Aidan.
J. M. Shorney — About me
I live in Thatcham in West Berkshire, recently retired as a part time housekeeper in a residential Care Home for the elderly with dementia. I have two sons, plus a granddaughter who is studying dance choreography at University.
I have published several books, mostly crime and political thrillers as this is my preferred genre. Now that I’ve retired, I can concentrate on my writing. My hobbies are walking and collecting old gangster and supernatural movies from the forties, fifties and sixties. My books are written in the perspective of the criminal, delving into their minds – what makes them tick as it were. Writing in the first person POV, as I have done in the Aidan McRaney novels, I take on the persona of a 33 year old man, which is far more exciting than being a retired lady with dodgy knees.
For my previous Aidan McRaney story, ‘Progeny Of A Killer’, I needed to absorb the atmosphere of Dublin’s Kilmainham gaol, which features in the book and is described by one of my characters as a place of awe and sadness, so visited this place. It was exactly what I needed to capture the foreboding chill that is almost a character in its own right.
Having dated a criminal in my dim and distant past, I find there is something deliciously exciting, yet alternatively dangerous, in writing about these kind of protagonists.
Most of my books are heavily Irish influenced, stemming from my study of Irish history, and the novels of Jack Higgins. His protagonist, Martin Fallon, in ‘A Prayer For The Dying’ has I suppose indirectly played a part in influencing my own character of Aidan McRaney. I love writing for the anti-hero. Essentially a good guy, but with an element of wickedness running through him.