Man in the Shadows

Man in the Shadows

[a Novel]

Book - 2014
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In 1867, three British colonies became the four provinces of the new Dominion of Canada. Among the Fathers of Confederation was D'Arcy McGee, a fiery former Irish nationalist and friend of John A. Macdonald. As the fledgling country was forming, its security was threatened by the Fenian Brotherhood, a group of Irish republicans that advocated a forcible takeover of Canada by the United States. In this historical novel, Gordon Henderson imagines a cross-border plot to assassinate key Canadian political figures-with complicity at the highest levels of the U.S. government-in an attempt to destabilize the new country. We follow the fictional Conor O'Dea, a young Irish Catholic with political aspirations, who is the assistant to D'Arcy McGee. O'Dea becomes romantically involved with a young Protestant woman, which provokes upset and violence. When McGee is assassinated by a Fenian sympathizer-or so everyone believes-O'Dea takes it upon himself to discover the real assassin, and to prevent the prime minister of Canada, Sir John himself, from being the next victim.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd., 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781443431804
Branch Call Number: FIC HEND
Characteristics: 328 pages

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ranger973
Apr 05, 2015

For those who have heard the name Thomas D`Arcy McGee but do not know much about the man or what he stood for, this book is an excellent remedy. Melding fact, fiction and history, the author also offers us a snapshot of Sir John A , Canada at the time of Confederation and what it must have felt like to live in Ottawa at that time. It`s an easy and enjoyable read.

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Keogh
Mar 21, 2015

A suspenseful story mixing fiction and fact. The story of the assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee plays out against the backdrop of Fenian radicals, the early years of a nation, and tensions between different cultures and classes. The author spins a well crafted tale that brings the past to life.

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wydercider
Mar 18, 2015

For any Canadian, young or old this is an excellent fictional view of life at the time of Confederation. Sir John A and D'Arcy McGee become flesh and blood. I would particularly recommend this novel to high school kids - it will make Canadian history even more interesting!

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