Cathedral Author:Nelson De Mille Towering over this extraordinary novel is the magnificent presence of St. Patrick's Cathedral. Irish patriots have seized it on St. Patrick's Day and, while millions are watching the famous parade, taken four key hostages. Only Maureen Malone, a former IRA rebel, knows how far the leader of the fanatic band will go, for Brian Flynn was once her ... more »lover. This brilliant revolutionary, who sees himself as a Gaelic hero, commands the
Fenians, a small and dedicated group of extremists. Foremost among them is John Hickey, whose long and blood-spattered career has made him an IRA legend and whose psychotic moods threaten those inside the Cathedral as well as those outside.
The Fenians demand the release of prisoners in Ulster's infamous Long Kesh prison-or the hostages will be killed and the Cathedral destroyed. The New York City police force, inept politicians, the FBI, and British Intelligence all fumble in opposition while a media-famous expert negotiates with Flynn and the police brace for a possible assault. As time begins to run out and nerves frazzle, misunderstanding turns into mistrust, fatigue generates miscalculation, and treachery results in violence. Only the courageous efforts of one Irish plainclothes cop hold a glimmer of hope that catastrophe can be averted.« less