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The Ghosts of Belfastby Stuart Neville
Synopses & Reviews
The best first novel I've read in years...It's a flat-out terror trip.--James Ellroy
Not only one of the finestthriller debuts of the last ten years, but also one of the best Irish novels, in any genre, of recent times.--John Connolly
The Ghosts of Belfast is the book when the world finally sits up and goes WOW, the Irish really have taken over the world of crime writing. StuartNeville is Ireland's answer to Henning Mankell.--Ken Bruen
Sure to garner attention and stir lively pubdiscussions.--Library Journal
Neville's debut novel is tragic, violent, exciting, plausible, and compelling. . . . The Ghosts of Belfast isdark, powerful, insightful, and hard to put down.--Booklist
Neville's debut is as unrelenting as Fegan's ghosts, pulling no punchesas it describes the brutality of Ireland's 'troubles' and the crime that has followed, as violent men find new outlets for their skills. Sharp prose places readers in this pitiless place and holds them there.Harsh and unrelenting crime fiction, masterfully done.--Kirkus
Stuart] Neville has the talent to believably blend the tropes of the crime novel andthose of a horror, in the process creating a page-turning thriller akin to a collaboration between John Connolly and Stephen King. . . The Ghosts of Belfast] is a superb thriller, andone of the first great post-Troubles novels to emerge from Northern Ireland.--Sunday Independent (Ireland)
Fegan has been a hard man, an IRAkiller in northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by twelve ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order toappease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders.
As he's working his way down the list he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a childto an RUC officer and is an outsider too. Now he has given Fate--and his quarry--a hostage. Is this Fegan's ultimate mistake?
Stuart Neville is a partner in a multimediadesign business based in Armagh, northern Ireland. This novel, also known as The Twelve in the UK and Ireland, is the first in a series.
From the Hardcover edition.
Former IRA killer Gerry Fegan finds himself haunted by the ghosts of twelve of his innocent victims and comes to the conclusion that he must kill the men who gave him his orders so many years ago.
About the Author
Stuart Neville is a partner in a multimedia design business based in Armagh, Northern Ireland. This novel is the first in a series. It will be published in England by Secker Harvill as The Twelve, as well as in France, Spain and Japan. Soho will publish his next novel, Collusion, in 2010.
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