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Blood­land Alan Glynn, Faber, $29.99 Glynn flits around his plot like a hy­per-caf­feinated teen with at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der in charge of the TV re­mote. It’s all a su­pertease and some­times too coy, but even­tu­ally it all comes to­gether and is sat­is­fac­to­rily re­solved. In essence, jour­nal­ist Jimmy Gil­roy is writ­ing a bi­og­ra­phy of a celebrity killed in a he­li­copter crash when he un­cov­ers a con­spir­acy in­volv­ing a for­mer Ir­ish prime min­is­ter, an Ir­ish businessma­n and two Amer­i­can broth­ers; Clark Run­dle, who heads a min­ing firm, and his brother J.J. a se­na­tor about to run for pres­i­dent. From Ire­land to the Congo to New York the pace is re­lent­less as Gil­roy pulls a thread that un­rav­els sev­eral lives while those in­volved try des­per­ately to save them­selves. Ian Or­chard

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