‘Northern Heist’ is not the typical crime novel

This novel was inspired by a real crime, a bank robbery that took place in Ireland. Several million English pounds were taken and to this day no one has ever been found guilty of perpetrating this bullshit. They’ve gotten away with it so far. In this series, our fictional criminal mastermind is a guy named Ructions O’Hare.

At the start of the story, Ructions is plotting how he will pull off a bank robbery. He has a clandestine romantic relationship with Eleanor, a woman married to a banker. The ructions had driven her to get information about the bank’s procedures. There was an unexpected complication however, he fell in love with her. It was not part of the plan.

Law enforcement suspects the IRA. They didn’t rob the bank, but they know who did and now they want a big chunk of the loot as ‘tax’. And then there’s Eleanor, our damsel in distress. The girl Ructions didn’t expect to care so much.

There are superb double crosses. Everyone wants a piece of the action. The police are looking for Ructions. He’s a suspect. He goes to. They put him on trial but the crime was so perfect they couldn’t prove he did it.

“Goering’s Gold” by Richard O’Rawe (Melville House, 400 pages, $17.99)

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“Goering’s Gold” by Richard O’Rawe (Melville House, 400 pages, $17.99)

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Next month Ructions O’Hare returns in another brilliant crime novel. In “Goering’s Gold”, Ructions hears about billions of dollars worth of gold bullion that the Nazis hid somewhere in Ireland near the end of World War II. As he tries to figure out where this treasure is and how to get it, he realizes he has competition; the IRA wants it too. Then there’s the cell of German neo-Nazis who are also on the hunt for gold while repeatedly getting tricked by Ructions.

Vick Mickunas of Yellow Springs interviews the authors every Saturday at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WYSO-FM (91.3). For more information, visit www.wyso.org/programs/book-nook. Contact him at vick@vickmickunas.com.

Irene B. Bowles