From Robert B. Parker, bestselling author of the highly acclaimed Spenser novels, comes a sprawling family saga of cops and heroes, fathers, sons, and lovers - a magnificent work that spans the whole turbulent twentieth century. Amid the tumult and bloodshed of 1920s Ireland, Conn Sheridan, a reckless young IRA captain, begins an affair with Hadley Winslow, a Boston tycoons wife. This forbidden act initiates a dangerous entanglement of desire and blackmail between two families that will span three generations. When a shattering betrayal forces Conn to flee Ireland, he begins a new life in America as a Boston cop. In a city of paradoxes, Beacon Hill mansions, and lace-curtain-Irish neighborhoods, two worlds collide as the dynasties of power and wealth mingle with the urban underworld. And the violence and obsessions of Conn Sheridans past continue to haunt him as he marries and has a son, Gus, who will follow his father into the police force rising to head the citys Homicide division. Knowing equally well the backroom politics of City Hall and the private passions of the very rich, Gus also inherits his fathers daredevil toughness, dangerous obsessions - and a cool reserve softened only by his unspoken love for his own son, Chris. Only when Gus uncovers the startling connection between a brutal child killer and a bloody Irish-American gang war does the circle of passion and vengeance that began with Conn in Ireland begin to close. And his Ivy-League-educated son Chris, appointed by the mayor to be a special prosecutor, begins an investigation of his own - one that will uncover piece by piece the shocking truth about his familys past and even about Grace, the beautiful, sophisticated Boston woman he wants to marry. All Our Yesterdays creates a living, breathing portrait of an era...and of two families who must come to terms with their heritage, and with the violence, the obsessions, and the deceit that both define and haunt them.
It started when Conn Sheridan fell in love with Hadley Winslow, a sophisticated Boston society woman he could never have. Conns obsession compelled him to commit an act that would inextricably bind two families and three generations of cops in their shared disgrace—until one Sheridan had the courage to shatter the covenant.