Until the Next Time
Feb 13, 2012
Author: Kevin Fox
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books (February 14, 2012)
For Sean Corrigan the past is simply what happened yesterday, until his twenty-first birthday, when he is given a journal left him by his father’s brother Michael—a man he had not known existed. The journal, kept after his uncle fled from New York City to Ireland to escape prosecution for a murder he did not commit, draws Sean into a hunt for the truth about Michael’s fate.
Sean too leaves New York for Ireland, where he is caught up in the lives of people who not only know all about Michael Corrigan but have a score to settle. As his connection to his uncle grows stronger, he realizes that within the tattered journal he carries lies the story of his own life—his past as well as his future—and the key to finding the one woman he is fated to love forever.
I love Ireland and love all books that involve Irish characters. So of course I was excited when Algonquin sent me this one. Turns out this book holds much more than just a story of Ireland. It is the story of the past, the future, mysteries....and the fact that the present life may not be your only shot at finding your dreams.
Sean receives his unknown Uncles journal on his 21st birthday from his less than lovable dad. His 'Da' also announces that his mystery brother left everything to Sean in his will and Sean now has a journal, a plane ticket to Ireland and $30,000.
Michael, the uncle, not only died in mysterious circumstances but his entire life was mysterious. He was a NYPD policeman, who then worked with the FBI until he claimed he was framed in the murder of a black man in the early 70s. His family hustled him back to Ireland to enfold him in their safe arms before he was arrested and sent to the electric chair, but once there he spent the rest of his life running from the law until gunned down by the MI5 in an IRA raid.
Sean, who has nothing else going on in his life, feels the overwhelming need to track his Uncle's lifepath by heading off to Ireland to learn the real story. His curiosity only grows by the fact that an ex-therapist and Michael's old partner are more than interested in the journal, while at the same time refusing to talk about any of the events.
What exactly happened to Michael to make him "disappear" from the family and to be gunned down years later.
A good mystery with a strong dose of Irish history thrown in.
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