Saturday 27 May 2017

Life and death of thriller author who tracked down Bishop Casey

Prolific writer Gordon Thomas confronted the 'gobsmacked' clergyman in the street, writes Liam Collins

Imaginative: Gordon Thomas wrote more than 50 books — many in collaboration with Max
Morgan-Witts — that were translated into about 30 languages, and some were best-sellers
Imaginative: Gordon Thomas wrote more than 50 books — many in collaboration with Max Morgan-Witts — that were translated into about 30 languages, and some were best-sellers
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Gordon Thomas was a phenomenon. A prolific author and journalist, he penned or jointly authored more than 50 books ranging from Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad to Voyage of the Damned: A Shocking True Story of Hope, Betrayal, and Nazi Terror which recounted the fate of 937 Jews who left Hamburg on the luxury liner St Louis just before World War II erupted. Even on Amazon there are 36 separate listings of his work, much of it completed during his many happy years living in Co Wicklow and where he will be buried following his death at the age of 84 from pneumonia.

Despite a stellar career as an author and commentator on the world of espionage, Thomas is remembered best in Ireland for his involvement in the extraordinary events surrounding Bishop Eamon Casey in the early 1990s.

He tracked down the runaway Bishop to Mexico and so became embroiled in one of the great controversies of that era.

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