Lighting candles : A Paramilitary's War with Death, Drugs and Demons Paperback
by David Leslie
When Manny McDonnell was twelve he awoke to discover British troops surrounding his home in the toughest area of trouble-torn Belfast.
Internment had begun and, encouraged by a fiercely Republican mother, he took to the streets with other school kids, throwing bricks, bottles and petrol bombs at soldiers.
Jailed at fifteen for having IRA links, he became a unit commander leading deadly missions for the INLA before joining the IPLO, a group so vicious even the IRA ordered it to disband.
But his decades of commitment to a free united Ireland turned to disillusion when bombs killed two little boys.
By then he was a regular visitor to Scotland, where he befriended major gangland player Paul Ferris and then became the right-hand man of Tam 'The Licensee' McGraw.
This remarkable, colourful account of one man's nightmare journey through blood, bombs, bullets and smuggling is a mix of tragedy, fear and humour and is a unique insight into the world of major crime.
It includes stories telling how police unwittingly helped car bombers; a terrifying brush with the deadly Shankhill Butchers; the businessmen who made fortunes investing in drugs; hunting a child killer and a host more. It is also the story of how it is possible to put the past behind you and begin a brand new chapter.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, 8pp colour plates
- Publisher: Black and White Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/06/2014
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9781845027513