‘The Trust,’ from Ronald H. Balson, the international bestselling author of ‘Once We Were Brothers,’ finds private investigator Liam Taggart returning to his childhood home for an uncle’s funeral, only to discover his death might not have been natural.
When Liam Taggart is appointed to control the trust, the estate of his beloved Uncle Fergus, it is a will that causes great contention among the family members because not only is Liam not wanted or respected by the family, but he holds the keys to everything until Fergus’ murderer is caught and brought to justice by Liam himself.
Sixteen years ago when Liam worked for the C.I.A. Northern Ireland branch, he was asked to pass on any information he could glean from his family, all staunch I.R.A. members. To avoid the car bombings that caused such destruction in the North, Liam passed information on but the family found out and Liam confessed to his Uncle Fergus that he did it for the sole purpose of ending the war and saving lives. Liam then returned to America, left the C.I.A., and became a P.I. in Chicago.
The story is very convoluted, drifting in and out of the old troubles between Catholics and Protestants, the R.U.C., the Butchers, and the I.R.A. going back many years. Fergus, it seems, knows that he is going to be murdered and wants Liam to avenge him and protect his family. He does not have a lot of luck with that as the Taggarts start to die all around him and he is no closer to the truth. When his home in Chicago is fire-bombed and his wife and infant son put in danger, he brings them to the six counties in Northern Ireland and all hell breaks loose.
As I stated earlier, ‘The Trust’ is a good yarn but at times, very intricate and long-winded but the historical background is accurate and lends itself nicely to the story.
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