Broc Rhyfel (Dealers)

War brings chaos and horror to the disintegrating former Yugoslavia, but for Welsh arms-dealer Keith Jones at first it is simply another lucrative business opportunity. Then, after he meets the Bosnian militant Michela, he finds himself drawn ever further into the dangerous conflict zone where loyalties are ambiguous and constantly shifting. Eventually, broken in body and spirit, he manages to return to Wales, but finds it hard to come to terms with the past.  Revisiting his childhood home in the rural north-west, he struggles to comprehend the sequence of events and relationships which determined the disastrous course his life has taken. Meanwhile, Nina, a young girl from Sarajevo, falls victim to a smooth-talking Irishman who traffics her into the sex trade, eventually smuggling her into north Wales. When their paths cross, Keith at last finds a way to make amends for his past and achieve some degree of personal redemption.

Selected as the Welsh Books Council’s ‘Book of the Month’, Broc Rhyfel takes the reader into the darker corners of modern Europe, from the war-torn Balkans to the present day abuse and exploitation of women. Martin Davis’s latest novel is a page-turning but thoughtful thriller with a strong political theme, informed by a deep humanity.


  • 'This powerful novel takes us on a journey to some of Europe's darkest and most dangerous corners.'

    Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan

Martin Davis


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Publication details:

Broc Rhyfel (Dealers)
Y Lolfa (2014)


Translation rights:

Garmon Gruffudd
Y Lolfa
Ceredigion SY24 5AP
Cymru/Wales, UK