Four Shots in the Night: A True Story of Stakeknife, Murder and Justice in Northern Ireland (Hardback)
  • Four Shots in the Night: A True Story of Stakeknife, Murder and Justice in Northern Ireland (Hardback)

Four Shots in the Night: A True Story of Stakeknife, Murder and Justice in Northern Ireland (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages
Published: 28/03/2024
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An absolutely enthralling blend of political history and true crime thriller, Hemming's rigorously researched account of murder, terrorism and duplicity in 1980s Northern Ireland is also a testament to one detective's dogged investigation.

How the deathe of a spy in the IRA led to the biggest murder investigation in British history.

On 26th May 1986, the body of an undercover British agent was found by the side of a muddy lane, with a rope tied around its wrists and tape over each eye. Years later, it was reported that this murder might have been carried out by another undercover British agent, known as 'Stakeknife'. In 2016, a detective began to investigate this case, and would soon find himself running the largest murder investigation in British history.

In a compulsive blend of investigative journalism and true crime thriller, Henry Hemming exposes the parallel worlds of the IRA and British intelligence through the lives of those inextricably bound up in both. He reveals the bravery of those who were crucial in ending the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the bloodiest and longest-running conflict in recent British history, and the determination of one detective in his dogged search for justice and the truth.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529426755
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 38 mm


One of the most compelling books I've read in a very long time. An absolutely extraordinary tale of secret intelligence, infiltration and murder, FOUR SHOTS is a brilliantly pieced-together psychological drama that is all the more gripping - and unsettling - for being real rather than fiction. The story is expertly woven together, exploring the characters and motivations of the four main characters into a truly page-turning, compulsive and also profoundly moving narrative. Superb. - James Holland

Gripping, urgent, superbly reported and brilliantly written. Henry Hemming unfolds a true story of violence, politics and spycraft that sits right at the edge of journalism and history. - Dan Jones

Both a sinewy spy thriller and a wider history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Four Shots in the Night is edge-of-seat stuff: beautifully crafted, shrewdly observed, frighteningly immersive and utterly compelling - Jessie Childs

A masterly achievement and a riveting read - Peter Taylor, author of 'Operation Chiffon'

Meticulously researched and brought to life with the finesse of a first-class storyteller, Four Shots in the Night is an absolutely gripping tale of murder, The Troubles, and the good and bad that lurks inside us all. I was in its thrall from the first page to the last. - Charlotte Philby, author of 'A Double Life'

A superb portrait of the Troubles . . . Gripping and revelatory - Saul David

If another book has been written that has zoomed in so closely on the relationship between handler and agent, I have yet to find it. A not-so-chance meeting on an isolated Road to Perdition ends in ultimate destruction for one of the parties. What began in silence morphs into staccato, as Four Shots in the Night enter the brain of a once lonesome dog walker. Henry Hemming with sublime clarity peels away an opaque film allowing the reader to stare through a humane window into the horrendous world of espionage. - Anthony McIntyre, author of 'Good Friday'

eye-catching - Irish Examiner

a compelling story - The Times

[a] gripping and consistently surprising true-life thriller - Observer

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