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THE THIRD PARTY by Glenn Patterson, Blackstaff Press, Belfast, 2007, 169 pp., £7.99 (paper)

An unnamed businessman and a well-known novelist, both from Belfast, meet while checking into a hotel in Hiroshima. The recognition of a shared home, so far away, is awkward and unwilling, but over the coming days they cannot avoid each other. As the novel opens, the businessman, rising from a fitful sleep, sees an eagle in flight from his lofty bedroom window. It might be a portent of something.

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