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The Truth Commissioner by David Park
The Truth Commissioner of David Park's novel is Henry Stanfield, who is leading a Commission for Truth and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland. He's dealing with an estrangement from his daughter and questioning how one might apologize to the dead. The case at the center of his life at the moment concerns Connor Walshe, a teenage informer who disappeared during the Troubles. Three other men are caught up in the case they'd prefer to leave behind; Francis Gilroy, a prominent IRA leader is now Minister for Children and Culture; Michael Madden, a former IRA member living in America under an assumed name; James Fenton, a retired RUC detective. The Truth Commissioner has received positive reviews with The Guardian saying, "Park takes these four destroyed men who have come to seem strange even to themselves, and somehow, in describing them, while not fixing their brokenness, offers glimpses of what might have been, and of what still might be, too. A terrible beauty, but a powerful one for that, this is a magnificent and important book."