Now and in the Hour of Our Death

Patrick Taylor

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Nine years ago, the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland tore apart two young lovers, consuming their hopes and dreams and changing their lives forever. Now, in 1983, Davy McCutcheon and Fiona Kavanagh find themselves worlds apart.

Davy, once a bomb-maker for the Provisional IRA, is serving a twenty-five-year sentence in a British prison. Having seen enough of death and violence, he wants nothing more to do with the struggle that cost him his freedom and his love. But old loyalties die hard and, despite himself, Davy is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy on behalf of his fellow Provos . . . .

Meanwhile, Fiona has forged a new life for herself in Vancouver, British Columbia, far away from the war-torn streets of Belfast. Now a vice-principal at a local elementary school, she has a successful career, good friends, and a new man in her life. Yet she remains haunted by painful memories of her troubled homeland—and the love she left behind.

Patrick Taylor's Now and in the Hour of Our Death is a moving and compelling portrait of ordinary men and women caught up in a conflict not of their making, and of the way the past holds onto us even as we try to move on into an uncertain future.

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CHAPTER 1

NORTHERN IRELAND. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1983

 

A small handgun, six hollow-point, .25 calibre cartridges, a plastic bag, and an open jar of Vaseline lay on top of the chipped enamel toilet tank. Erin O’Byrne disassembled the revolver, slipped its components and the bullets inside the bag, and tied a short length of white string round the neck. She shuddered as she scooped Vaseline from the jar and lubricated the package.

Someone hammered on the door.

Erin almost dropped the bag.

“Get a move on.

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Pray for Us Sinners is written with heartfelt urgency to explain Ulster rather than demonize the place and the population. A deeply felt thriller and a very valuable one.”
The Globe and Mail

“Flawlessly researched and . . . nails the chips-and-guns-with-everything atmosphere of violence in mid-1970s Ulster.”—Quill & Quire on Pray for Us Sinners

“Patrick Taylor has become probably the most popular Irish-Canadian writer of all time.”—The Globe and Mail

“Taylor . . . captivates and entertains from the first word.”—Publishers Weekly

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Patrick Taylor

PATRICK TAYLOR, M.D., was born and raised in Bangor County Down in Northern Ireland. Dr. Taylor is a distinguished medical researcher, offshore sailor, model-boat builder, and father of two grown children. He is the author of the Irish Country novels, starting with An Irish Country Doctor, and also of the books Only Wounded, Pray for Us Sinners, and Now and in the Hour of Our Death. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

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Now and in the Hour of Our Death
Patrick Taylor

Hardcover

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
July 2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765335197
ISBN10: 0765335190
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$24.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
July 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466821439
ISBN10: 1466821434
384 pages
$11.99
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