Dublin, March 2000. The Irish police raid a hotel in the centre of the city and uncover a multi-million pound drug-mixing factory. Three men are arrested at the scene, but only two are charged. The third, Declan Gavin, is immediately considered by the criminals of the city to be a police informer, and his days are numbered. In a very short time, he is dead, and a long-running feud had been inaugurated. This feud divided communities, forcing friends and neighbours to take sides against each other, with the successor to Gavin, Fat Freddie Thompson, on one half of the violent divide and his nemesis Bran Rattigan on the other. Over the course of a decade, nearly 20 men have died in a series of tit-for-tat killings. Nick McCaffery, news editor of the Sunday Tribune is a specialist in crime journalism, and is absolutely the man to lay bare this unedifying violent spectacle in the most riveting fashion possible. But McCaffery makes no attempt to varnish his narrative of blood, drugs and violence, having an unerring journalist’s instinct of just how eloquent the truth can be. This is true crime writing that, quite simply, does the job.

Cocaine Wars Nick McCaffery

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