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A Conspiracy of Lies by Frank Connolly
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A Conspiracy of Lies

A Political Thriller - The Dublin Bombings, 1974.

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Narrator Stephen Rea

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Length 8 hours 58 minutes
Language English
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'A propulsive and gripping political thriller hewn from one of The Trouble's darkest days, Connolly skilfully blends fact and fiction to arrive at something that feels blazingly true. A blistering read.' —Noel O'Regan
'An essential and disturbing novel that describes the bombing of Dublin 50 years ago with insights into the ensuing cover-up'
—Christy Moore 
'This is a vivid and absorbing fictional account of one of the darkest days ever visited on Ireland's capital city' —Justine McCarthy 
'A tender love story of two young Dubliners trying to survive the danger of the terrible political truths they uncover' —Theo Dorgan
 
Three bombs shook Dublin in May 1974.
Angie and Joe meet in the wake of the single worst atrocity of the Troubles. Brought together by the effect of the bombings on their lives, these two young people set out to discover who is responsible, facing confrontation with dark forces in Irish and British society. As Angie and Joe navigate the aftermath of the bombings, their journey leads them deep into the underbelly of 1970s Dublin, a time and place rife with cultural and political turmoil. Together, they vow to uncover the culprits behind the city's worst atrocity. Their investigation draws them into the shocking political and criminal landscape surrounding those in high places with the blood of innocents on their hands. The more they discover, the deeper they become involved in a world they don't understand—and the consequences could be devastating.

Frank Connolly is a distinguished investigative journalist whose work on political and police corruption contributed to the establishment of two judicial inquiries, the Flood/Mahon and the Morris Tribunals. He is currently Head of Communications with SIPTU, Ireland’s largest trade union. 

Stephen Rea is one of Ireland’s leading stage and screen actors who has won two BAFTA and three Irish Film and Television (IFTA) awards and is an Academy, Golden Globe, and Tony awards nominee. Rea was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Neil Jordan’s thriller The Crying Game (1992). His extensive theatre work has included highly praised performances at the Abbey, Gate, Project and other theatres in Dublin and the Royal Court Theatre in London. He is a co-founder of the Field Day Theatre Company.

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A Conspiracy Of Lies offers romance against a background of bombings. Both Joe and Angie are scarred by the events, and Angie's mother is virtually blinded by one bomb. Joe narrowly misses being blown up by another. Both eventually get jobs in a Dublin restaurant where they chance upon information which points to the identity of the bombers and their accomplices. Their efforts to pursue the matter bring them into conflict with various institutions. In a vividly realized scene, Joe is beaten up by the police. The villain is a corrupt cabinet minister who has taken a bribe from an oil company and is in cahoots with British intelligence agents, who are complicit in the bombings. Angie is arrested and charged with a serious offence. Facing a long prison sentence, she is spirited out of court by her supporters, ultimately reunited with Joe on the continent where the story ends. A Shakespearean comedy ends with a wedding, signalling the renewal of society. The wedding of Joe and Angie is not meant to signal the renewal of Irish society, however, which is portrayed as corrupt, incompetent, divided, treacherous, dishonest, cowardly and incapable of dealing with a crisis like the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. Instead it signals the survival of Joe and Angie, radicals who might be able to come up with a response. Frank Connolly's book is a carefully crafted, brave and challenging work which I think will feature on Irish Studies courses for some time to come. Expand reviews
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