The Serpent’s Tail is Dillon’s first foray into fiction, albeit a novel loosely based on real events. Stephen Martin Dillon is one of Ireland’s foremost journalists and one of the best writers on the troubles. His seminal title, Dirty War, masterfully analysed the intelligence war that encompassed informers and special forces, while his title The Shankhill Butchers, shone a light on one of the darkest periods of the conflict, a band of loyalist paramilitaries that were more like serial killers. There’s a risk when someone who’s spent their career writing non-fiction turns to fiction, the two are very different skills. The Serpent’s tail labours under unconvincing characters.
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Set in the early 1970's The Serpent's Tail by author and journalist Martin Dillon from Northern Ireland features teenagers Stephen Kirkpatrick and Michael McDonnell. Who placed bombs in Dublin? Is the serpent biting its own tail? And who's who in the battleground? It's the bizarre breeding ground for Sinn Fein to enter the stage. The Serpent's tail has an epilogue set in 1994 and was originally published in 1995. Thistle Publishing republished this title. The reader's memory is refreshed - supposing you're old enough to remember some background of the Northern Ireland's situation by then.
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The Serpent’s Tail (1995) is Dillon's first novel, based on a true-life story set against a background of ordinary family life in Catholic West Belfast In God and the Gun – The Church and Irish Terrorism (1997), Dillon explores the nexus of religion and paramilitarism. He interviewed paramilitaries and religious figures
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The Serpent’s Tail is the first work of fiction by the man Conor Cruise O’Brien has described as ‘The greatest living authority on Irish terrorism. The true story of an SAS inspired sting against the Provisional IRA which almost destroyed the organization. Martin Dillon has won international acclaim for his unique reporting and is considered one of the foremost experts on global terrorism and organized crime.