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Book Title: McGarr and the Sienese Conspiracy|
ISBN 13: 9780684151854
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The author of the book: Bartholomew Gill
Date of issue: November 1st 1977
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This crime story seems to be an excuse to contrast cuisine from Irish cottage fare to Sienese specialties to the London members' clubs. Also to stage a highly unlikely assassination during the Palio race in Siena. Why wouldn't the police station themselves on rooftops? Where else would they get a vantage point?
Inspector McGarr of the Garda Siochana (not soichana as it is spelt here) spends the tale haring around all over the place. From Dublin to Cork and the south coast; over to London and up to Scotland and offshore oil rigs; across to Italy and back to everywhere. At the time of writing, photographic ID was not required to get on a plane, and we need to recall that life was different before ubiquitous CCTV. Some of the evidence uncovered is very interesting; all the major oil companies agreed to fix a rate of only thirty percent profit going to Libya if the Libyan oil was extracted. One group with this insider knowledge started a firm and offered fifty percent. I don't know if it's true, but oil cartels do not surprise me.
Overall the complex tale seems to be pulling in too much, and I find it impossible to believe in the romantic potential motive for murder, given all the suspects seem to be partner swapping like mad. But it's an interesting story, if only remotely to do with Ireland.
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Read information about the authorBartholomew Gill is the pen name of Mark McGarrity.
Mr. McGarrity was born in Holyoke, Mass., and graduated from Brown University in 1966. He studied for his master's degree at Trinity College, Dublin, and never tired of mining the country for material.
''One of the things they gave me,'' he once said of his books, ''is a chance to go back to Ireland time and time again to do research.''
He was also an avid outdoorsman, and since 1996 worked at The Star-Ledger of Newark as a features writer and columnist under the McGarrity name, specializing in nature and outdoor recreation. While continuing to produce McGarr novels, sometimes at the rate of one a year, Mr. McGarrity produced several articles a week for the newspaper. He wrote about a variety of topics ranging from environmental issues to the odd characters he encountered in his travels, like an Eastern European immigrant who grew up watching cowboy movies and found his dream job playing Wyatt Earp in an amusement park in rural New Jersey.
Mr. McGarrity also published five novels under his own name.
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