Winter 1847, and the "Star of the Sea" sails from Ireland for New York. On board are hundreds of refugees, some optimistic, many desperate, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new home. But among them, a camouflaged killer stalks the decks, hungry for a vengeance that will bring absolution.
In the late spring of 1847, from an Ireland torn by injustice and natural disaster, the Star of the Sea sets sail for New York. On board are hundreds of fleeing refugees, some brimming with optimism, many more desperate. Among them are a maidservant with a devastating secret, bankrupt Lord Merridith and his wife and children, an aspiring novelist, a maker of revolutionary ballads, all braving the Atlantic in search of a new life. But a killer is stalking the decks, hungry for the vengeance that will bring absolution. A novel as urgently contemporary in its preoccupations as it is historically revealing, this gripping and compassionate tale from the award-winning author of The Salesman and Inishowen builds with the pace of a thriller to an unforgettable conclusion.
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About Joseph O'Connor
Joseph O'Connor was born in Dublin and has written ten Irish number one bestsellers. His debut novel Cowboys and Indians was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize. His other acclaimed novels are Desperadoes, The Salesman and Inishowen. He has also written stage plays, film scripts, journalism, humour and a collection of short stories, True Believers. Among his many awards are the Hennessy Writer of the Year Prize, the Miramax Ireland Screenwriting Award and the Macaulay Fellowship of the Irish Arts Council. His work has been published in fifteen languages.
The Star Of The Sea by Joseph O'Connor
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