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The paths of a secret paramour, a jilted lover, and a reluctant hangman cross in one fateful winter week in Galway, 1885.

As the train rattled westward on the outskirts of Dublin, James Berry didn’t stand out amongst his fellow passengers, but they couldn’t see the long, Italian silk rope coiled in the black leather bag by his side, nor the white cap and pinion straps, nor the revolver in his coat pocket.

Galway, the winter of 1885. The violent murders of John Moylan, killed on a dark country lane, and Alice Burns, shot dead in the dining room of the Royal Hotel, have shaken the county. Now, following painstaking investigations and charged courtroom drama, justice beckons for the guilty parties.

James Berry, the notorious executioner who ended the lives of over one hundred criminals in Victorian Britain and Ireland, has come to town. The paths of a secret paramour, a jilted lover and a reluctant hangman are about to cross.

When the Hangman Came to Galway is a chilling true story that delivers a meticulously researched portrait of Victorian Ireland and a spine-tingling tale of love, revenge, murder and retribution.

©2018 Dean Ruxton (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Eamon
  • 30-04-2020

Great interesting story

A really good well written story .
I d highly recommended it .
Very good ear for social history .

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  • Teed
  • 12-05-2021

Good enough

It’s ok but I wasn’t riveted, it’s just a catalogue really of executions. Bit repetitive. Narrator is good as usual (slightly dodgy Northern accent). I hoped for more mystery.

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