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By Michael Kenyon

Zigzag – a collection of short, sharp turns and angles leading … who knows where? Not Chief Inspector Henry Peckover, the pride of Scotland Yard, that is for sure. At least, not yet.

Peckover is despatched to Dublin to escort home a prisoner, who has kidnapped his young daughter and taken her over the Irish Sea. When that prisoner is shot dead in Dublin Airport car park, Peckover thinks – with some relief – that his sojourn in Ireland is over. It is not.

For as the mysteries surrounding Arthur Blennerhassett run on beyond his untimely death, and the authorities search desperately for his missing daughter, Peckover is asked to assist with a totally different type of investigation. Ireland is suddenly being flooded with porn, in volumes so large the authorities seem powerless to stop it. And Peckover, having spent time with the Vice Squad in London, is the man for the job.

Working with Dublin’s Chief Superintendent O’Malley, Peckover follows the twists and turns of what seem to be two crimes: the murder of Arthur Blennerhassett, and the sudden deluge of porn upon Irish shores. But as he follows them both, Peckover finds the crimes, and the people behind them, zig-zagging into each other with greater and greater intensity. Helped by a young, idealistic garda, Peckover finds himself attending illegal parties, befriending members of the clergy and reading the lesson in church.

Enduring various beatings, shootings and potentially fatal experiences, he finds himself drawn into words as diverse as that of the (apparently respectable) Gael-America Genealogical Association, and a famous porn actress. Only in fact, these worlds turn out to be closer than anybody – Peckover included – could have guessed.

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