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Lighting Candles
Lighting Candles

Lighting Candles

A Paramilitary's War with Death, Drugs and Demons


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: December 2014

ISBN 9781845027513

Rights: US & CA

Black & White Publishing (Dec 2014)

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When Manny McDonnell was 12 he awoke to discover British troops surrounding his home in the toughest area of trouble-torn Belfast. Internment had begun and, encouraged by a fiercely Republican mother, he took to the streets with other school kids, throwing bricks, bottles, and petrol bombs at soldiers. Jailed at 15 for having IRA links, he became a unit commander leading deadly missions for the INLA before joining the IPLO, a group so vicious even the IRA ordered it to disband. But his decades of commitment to a free united Ireland turned to disillusion when bombs killed two little boys. By then he was a regular visitor to Scotland, where he befriended major gangland player Paul Ferris and then became the right-hand man of Tam "The Licensee" McGraw. This remarkable, colorful account of one man's nightmare journey through blood, bombs, bullets, and smuggling is a mix of tragedy, fear, and humor and is a unique insight into the world of major crime. It includes stories telling how police unwittingly helped car bombers; a terrifying brush with the deadly Shankhill Butchers; the businessmen who made fortunes investing in drugs; hunting a child killer; and a host more. It is also the story of how it is possible to put the past behind you and begin a brand new chapter.

Author Biography

David Leslie was a senior journalist with the News of the World for more than 40 years, latterly as Scottish Crime Editor. He is the author of several books including Crimelord and The Happy Dust Gang.