BLOOD RED SQUARE , the story of the creation and redemption of a terrorist. It is also a story of revenge.
UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold died in a plane crash in the Congo in 1961. Considered suspicious at the time, no evidence surfaced to show that it was anything other than an accident.
Secret KGB documents pointing to collusion between Moscow and Washington in the death of Hammarskjold are liberated from KGB archives by Misha Kedrov,an enigmatic new Russian entrepreneur.
Kedrov, consumed by revenge for the murder of his parents, plans to use the documents to seek vengeance. He is ably supported by Conor Brady, aka Eduardo Kelly Herrera, an Argentinian, on the run, turned terrorist from circumstance and not from ideology.
Only one man can thwart Misha Kedrov, stop Conor Brady, and prevent the chaos they plan. That man is Owen MacDara, special envoy of the President of the United States, a man who moves with equal ease in the halls of power or on the dark killing fields of international intrique.
BLOOD RED SQUARE begins with a tantilizing question. Who killed Dag Hammarskjold? Mullan answers this by leading us through a maze of deception, and intrigue-served with a cold dash of reality.
Before the Kennedy assasination, the death of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold was the headline of the day. Like the Kennedy assasination, conspiracy theories surrounded the suspicious plane crash that took Hammarksjold's life.
Flash forward to 1997. Secret KGB documents are unearthed, suggesting collusion between Moscow and the U.S. in the death of Hammarskjold. Misha Kedrov, a new breed of Russian businessman, takes the files from the KGB's archives.
He enlists the aid of Conor Brady, aka Eduardo Kelly Herrera-a known terrorist, to help exact his revenge for the murder of his parents. Only one man can stop them from creating a new cold war. Owen MacDara, special envoy of the President of the United States. MacDara moves easily within the international houses of power and just as easily through the murky world of espionage.
I like how Mullan turns his characters inside out for the reader. The style reminds me of Bob Ludlum, or Jack Higgins, yet with a distinctive flavor smoother than the finest Irish whiskey. BLOOD RED SQUARE, is a gripping little dance of shadows readers shouldn't miss.
Cerri Ellis - MOSTLY MYSTERY REVIEWS
"Pat Mullan shocks us into paying attention from word one, page one and does not let us go until he decides to release us! That is how compelling BLOOD RED SQUARE reads! Like a dynamo running ahead of itself."
- novelist Robert W. Walker, The Instinct and Edge Series
Another misconception is that thrillers are not well written. Pat Mullan knocks that notion right out of the water. That he is a poet is immediately evident and when you think of that other fine poet, James Lee Burke, you'll know you are in the same creative territory. The quality of the writing raises the terrific story to new heights. Here is the future of the thriller and it's called PAT MULLAN. Glory be indeed!
-Ken Bruen, 2004 SHAMUS Award winner for best novel for 'The Guards' and 2005 MACAVITY Award for ‘The Killing of the Tinkers’
Pat Mullan is a mature and knowledgeable writer who puts together a thriller with the best of them.
"An excellent read! " - Shelley Glodowski, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"You know you're reading a good thriller when you start to cast it for the movie before you've even finished."
~Eithne Hannigan, Book Reviews, CONNEMARA LIFE magazine