Republic of Ireland, 1976. John Fryer murders a boy, leaving his body in a bog, under a rock. Soon after, he is pursued by an entity he names The Moley, demanding blood. Fryer starts to cut himself, and ends up in the Belfast Heights Psychiatric Hospital.
Belfast, present day. Christopher Aaron Moore is not happy with the peace process in Northern Ireland, and what it did to his father, once a decorated RUC officer, now dead by his own hand. Having married a Catholic, he was shunned by his own family, as was Christopher. Now Christopher hears his father’s voice, reminding him of the old days, and giving him a mission; to derail the fragile peace in Belfast. And Christopher knows exactly how he is going to do it. The first step is killing the grandmother who turned her back on him, and then getting rid of his Uncle Cecil, now top brass with the outlawed paramilitary Ulster Defence Association. The police suspect Cecil of being a drug runner, but cannot prove it. But Christopher needs help to bring chaos to Belfast, and he knows exactly who he needs: John Fryer, who has his own score to settle.
Jim Dempsey, the man Fryer worked for, killed the boy for, back in the day, had Fryer committed. Forgot about him. And Fryer wants to get even. So Christopher breaks him out, and soon, all hell is breaking loose in Belfast.
DC Aoife McCusker has just received a promotion to Serious Crimes. Unfortunately, a brief affair with her former boss has her colleagues thinking she slept her way to the promotion. Her first case is a murdered and tortured elderly woman, the mother of Cecil Moore, who just happens to be blackmailing McCusker. But McCusker is about to prove she can only be pushed so far.
And into this comes DI Owen Sheen, on loan from the Met. He’s working for the Serious Historical Offences Team, but he has his own agenda. His only brother was killed while playing football in the street, killed by an IRA bomb in Sailortown, the working class area of Belfast, when they were young. His family fell apart, and he moved with his father to England, promising him never to go back to Belfast. But now his father is dead, and Sheen means to get the men who killed his brother.
Blood Will Be Born: Meet the characters
DI Owen Sheen
Meet DI Owen Sheen, on loan from the Met to the PSNI and tasked with setting up a new unit investigating cold cases and historical offences, the SHOT (Serious Historical Offences Team). But Sheen also has a personal agenda: Find those responsible for the no warning car bomb that killed his brother when they were children in Belfast. On arrival Sheen is press ganged into baby-sitting DC Aoife McCusker on her first murder investigation with Serious Crimes. Past and present converge as their investigation snakes and turns. Sheen is about to discover that in Belfast, the past is never far from the present. And in Belfast, the past is always personal.
DC Aoife McCusker
Meet DC Aoife McCusker; recently transferred from Community Relations to Serious Crimes, she is out to make her mark as a detective and care for her adopted daughter Ava. As well as dealing with a gruesome murder in the run up to the Orange 12th of July weekend, she has to fight her way to the table with her DCI and fend off the rumours about her affair with her former boss DS Charlie Donaldson. Just when things look like they can’t get any worse, she is shackled to the new boy from the Met and her affair with Charlie Donaldson comes back to haunt her in a way she could never have foreseen. And a killer is on the loose, intent on putting a match under the 12th of July tinderbox. If the she doesn’t stop it, the fire that will burn will consume not only her, but her career and her family.
Meet Christopher Moore; deranged and dangerous, the son of a former Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) Officer who listens carefully to his dead Daddy’s orders. Daddy has told him he must bring the refiner’s fire to Belfast, a den of hypocrisy, a fallen place. For only out chaos can a new order be born. Christopher has a plan, but as the Devil starts to fool, and the police close in, will he be able to complete his mission for Daddy?
Meet John Fryer; a former IRA prisoner, haunted by a personal demon he calls the Moley, he has spent the last ten years locked away in Belfast Heights psychiatric hospital. Fryer yearns for revenge against his former comrades, but away from his hospital cell the Moley will find him and he must offer it blood, only fresh blood will keep it at bay. Christopher has promised him that blood will be born, but after ten years inside Fryer needs to know if blood and retribution is all he dares to hope for.