London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1992, (First Edition) Hardcover in dust wrapper.
From the cover: To people on the edge of urban war, bloodshed and violence can come to seem irrelevant, a dull and sombre bass-note to their day-to-day existence. The reality of soldiers, bomb-craters, blood -the knowledge of atrocity become almost banal.
Jessica Roberts and Rory Collins, when they meet on the shores of Lough Swilly one early summers day, certainly have other things to preoccupy them than the bloody and unfolding story of their native land. They are young, attractive, well-to-do, and Jessica has a kind of wild vivacity that cannot be denied. They are going to fall in love, and the fact that she is Protestant and he is Catholic means nothing to them. Such things, they know, are simply not a problem in their world.
But they are wrong. Jessicas father Samuel is a powerful business figure in the Province, while Rorys now dead -had the romantic reputation of involvement with the other cause. Worse, Jessica is soon to be engaged to a shadowy Englishman called Martin Parr. Without them ever really knowing why -but with appalling speed their certainties crumble in bigotry and violence.
Like Kippaxs earlier books, Other Peoples Blood is far more than just a thriller, and although set mainly in Northern Ireland is also emphatically not just another book about the trouble. The powerful unfolding of a tragic, vivid love affair gives the hideous complications of the background a bitter, deeply felt reality. Kippax deals in the lies, betrayals and hypocrisy both personal and at the highest levels that have made Ulster Britains greatest post-war shame.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 207 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.