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Britain's Secret Agents in Ireland
Martin Ingram and Greg Harkin

History of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora

James S. Donnelly, Jr., and Thomas Archdeacon, Series Editors

"This is serious business, and murder."
—Senator Maurice Hayes, Irish Independent

An explosive exposé of how British military intelligence really works. This book presents the stories of two British agents, each working undercover on opposite sides of a violent conflict: Brian Nelson, who worked for the Force Research Unit (FRU), aiding loyalist terrorists and murderers in their bloody work; and the man known as Stakeknife, deputy head of the IRA's infamous "Nutting Squad," the internal security force that tortured and killed suspected informers.

Stakeknife has seen sales of over 16,000 in the UK and Ireland.

Copublished with O'Brien Press, Dublin

Greg Harkin, an award-winning Belfast journalist for the People newspaper, is the journalist who first broke the story on the Stakeknife affair. He was awarded the 2003 Scoop of the Year award for his work on the story. 'Martin Ingram' is the pseudonym of an ex-British Army intelligence officer turned whistleblower. He worked in Army intelligence during 1981–84 and 1987–90, working for the Force Research Unit, a highly secretive unit, in Northern Ireland. Since deciding to become a whistleblower, he has written articles for many newspapers, including the Sunday Times, the Guardian, the Irish News, and Andersonstown News.

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cover of Stakeknife is red, with a man's eyes looking through a slat in the cover collage

February 2005
272 pp. 5 3/16 x 7 11/16

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ISBN 978-0-299-21024-3
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