When Glasgow journalist Gerry Conway receives a phone call promising unsavoury news about Scottish Justice Minister Peter Lyons, his instinct is that this apparent scoop won’t warrant space in The Tribune. But as Conway’s curiosity grows and his leads proliferate, his investigation takes him from Scotland to Belfast. Shocked by the sectarian violence of the past, and by the prejudice and hatred he encounters even now, Conway soon grows obsessed with the story of Lyons and all he represents. And as he digs deeper, he comes to understand firstly that there is indeed a story to be uncovered, and secondly that there are people who want it to remain hidden, and will go to great lengths to ensure that it does.
ALL THE COLOURS OF THE TOWN is a compelling novel, vividly written and unfolding in ways that neither Conway nor the reader can foresee. Its scene painting and its taut characterizations and dialogue drive the story along. But this is no exploitative thriller - it is a complex inquiry into themes of loyalty, betrayal and duty.