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The Abstainer - Ian McGuire

The Abstainer - Ian McGuire
The Abstainer - Ian McGuireThe Abstainer - Ian McGuireThe Abstainer - Ian McGuire

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Title: The Abstainer

Author:  Ian McGuire

ISBN:  9781471163593

Weight:  935g

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The Abstainer by Ian McGuire

A man hanging on by a thread.
A city about to snap.

From the acclaimed author of The North Water comes a story of revenge and obsession.

Manchester, 1867

Two men, haunted by their pasts.
Driven by the need for justice.

Blood begets blood.
In a fight for life and legacy.

Stephen Doyle arrives in Manchester from New York.  He is an Irish-American veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Fenians, a secret society intent on ending British rule in Ireland, by any means necessary.  Now he has come to seek vengeance.

James O’Connor has fled grief and drink in Dublin for a sober start in Manchester as Head Constable.  His mission is to discover and thwart the Fenians’ plans.  When his long-lost nephew arrives on his doorstep, he never could have foreseen how this would imperil his fragile new life – or how his and Doyle’s fates would come to be intertwined.

The rebels will be hanged at dawn, and their brotherhood is already plotting revenge.

Peer & Press Reviews

The Abstainer is truly terrific – a can’t-put-down book.  It’s no less than a tight ‘n spare ’n suspense-filled noir novel, masterfully set in 1860s Britain and America.  And like all superb historical novels, it seems as modern and as contemporary as this morning.

Richard Ford, author of Sorry For Your Trouble

The grandiosity and ineptitude of the cops and of the Fenians reminded me of Conrad’s “The Secret Agent.”  “I’ve been sworn to secrecy,” brags one character, quite early in the novel, when pressed about the fiver in his pocket.  I laughed when I read that line; I knew I was in for a treat…  This is Dickens in the present tense, Dickens for the 21st century.

Roddy Doyle, New York Times

McGuire has crafted a riveting tale of violence and retribution against the backdrop of the 1860s Fenian rebellion – precursor to the Troubles and one of those rich historical incidents you learn about and wonder, Why didn’t I know about this before?  He has a keen sense of how to mix precise local details with transcendent global themes.

Michael Punke, author of The Revenant

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Abstainer
Book Features
Edition / printingIndependent bookseller exclusive first edition, first printing
Edition backgroundIssued direct by the Scribner imprint of Simon & Schuster, the number of copies in this exclusive Independent Bookseller limited edition is unknown.
Edition featuresSigned on the front free endpaper, the orange sprayed page edges (see images) of this special edition single it out from the standard trade edition.
Jacket noteOn the front of the jacket is an ‘INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLER’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a SuperMatt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the front free endpaper
Book Stats
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781471163593
ISBN 101471163598
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 162 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographPaul Wolfgang Webster
DesignJack Smyth

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