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The Dead Samaritan

By Emily Westbrooks

Two men – an American and an African – have one thing in common: they are trying to find sisters who have mysteriously disappeared. They are total strangers until fate brings them together in Dublin where they soon find themselves enmeshed in an ugly people-trafficking racket.

Sean Deery is a writer specialising in uncovering the dark side of popular travel destinations for Edge Magazine.
He’s been in Spain, writing about immigrant ‘towel boys’ who patrol the beaches looking for punters. And he’s fallen for kindred spirit Irish girl Nora, a tough video reporter.

But Sean’s in Dublin less than an hour when sees a black man being pulped in a side street – and pitches in like a Good Samaritan. Manny is a South African, has also recently arrived in the city, with no proper ID. He ends up in intensive care with serious head injuries.

The assault is carried out by members of a gang that deals in drugs, robbery, extortion, prostitution. The Gardia believes Sean’s on a drugs-related mission.

As their histories unfold, the two men pledge to help each other in their quest to find their missing sisters.

Now there are two Samaritans – but one winds up dead.

Can Sean survive the threats from a rival gang when the trail takes him to Limerick? What fear has driven Manny to crawl from his hospital bed while under police guard? Will Nora be able to save either man from a fate worse than death?

This fast-paced and gripping The Dead Samaritan brings the thriller up to date in the digital age – with the electric feel of films like The Bourne Trilogyand Taken.

Emily Westbrooks is a Dublin-based freelance writer and blogger, sharing her tips for getting the best of Dublin on her lifestyle, design and travel blog From China Village. She is the author of a beautiful and useful travel guide to her adopted home, called Delightful Dublin.

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