Woman Of State by Simon Berthon

The Blurb On The Back:

From 1990s Belfast to the corridors of Whitehall.

To catch a traitor you must first walk among them.

SECRETS

1991, Belfast.  The IRA have their sights set on an undercover British policeman.  Rising star of the movement Joseph Kennedy recruits his 18-year-old girlfriend Maire Anne McCartney as a honey trap.  She is told it is a one-off.  There will be no violence.  But the man is murdered.

To save herself, Maire must flee across the border and take on a new identity.

STATE

Present day, London.  Renowned human rights lawyer Anne-Marie Gallagher is elected as an MP in the UK General Election and fast-tracked to the role of Minister of State for Security and Immigration.

At the same time, the Belfast police receive an anonymous call.  The password is verified from the Troubles, and the co-ordinates lead DCI Jon Carne to a field.  And a body.

BETRAYAL

When the new Minister receives a message from Joseph Kennedy, she realises that the identity she has crafted is at risk of being uncovered.  And when Carne’s investigation brings Anne-Marie to his attention, she must decide where her allegiances lie.  

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