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By: Hilton McCabe


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Set in Northern Ireland in the spring of 1983 at a time when ‘The Troubles’ are in full swing. Tony Speers, a newly promoted sergeant, arrives at Mountroyal RUC Station, located in the heart of East Belfast. When Tony meets up with his new section he quickly realises he has inherited a very dysfunctional group of individuals. They include a reluctant genius, an alcoholic and other endearing personalities who combine to make ‘A’ Section a close and effective unit.
A spate of sinister sexual attacks have recently occurred in the area raising local tensions, leaving females afraid to go out at night. The uniformed police and local CID have thus far drawn a blank in apprehending the offender. The sub divisional commander of Mountroyal Station is under increasing pressure from local politicians, the chief constable, the press and local paramilitaries to make an arrest. Join Tony and the gang as they try to crack this case as well as attend to other miscellaneous calls within the Mountroyal Sub Division.

The author is a happily married man, aged 60 years, and is the proud father of five children, who are now all adults. He has four beautiful grandchildren. His main home is in Northern Ireland and he has an apartment in Spain. Hilton prefers Spain, it’s warmer.

He was a serving police officer in Northern Ireland from 1983–2010. During his service, he performed both uniformed and plain-clothed roles in both; city and rural settings. Hilton experienced many of the province’s atrocities first-hand, but also the marvellous spirit of its people.

He always wanted to write but never found the time until the Covid lockdown arrived. The author hopes you enjoy his humble creation. He can assure you that this fiction is closer to the truth than one might think. This is not a book about politics, it’s about people.

Customer Reviews
3 reviews
3 reviews
  • S J M the big man

    A very good and enjoyable fictional read, that surrounds the working of a police section during the arduous times referred to as 'The Troubles". As the bunch come together in a common bond, to serve the people of N.I. Live through their ups and downs with emotional turmoil and some fun along the way. Everyone will be able to relate in some shape or fashion to a lot of these characters, all have come across at sometime someone in work or wherever that they can say thats...... to a T. At the end of each chapter close you eyes and let your imagination run wild with the vivid characters descriptions. I guess some will want to be Tony while a few others are destined to be, The Plank....

    Eagerly awaiting and with anticipation the next book as the team progress and new characters arrive.

  • Elizabeth Haslett

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Good characters and a great insight into the many difficulties faced by the RUC during the troubles. Would highly recommend

  • Mark M

    Although fiction, in my opinion, this book is very important as it reminds us of what it would have been like to be a Police Officer during the troubles in NI.

    Much is said about the RUC today - political agendas always at play - those of us who always rejected violence are grateful for their service and have the sense to realize & acknowledge that, without their courage and dedication thousands more would have died.

    Very good book!

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