The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville

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“The best first novel I’ve read in years...It’s a flat-out terror trip.”—James Ellroy

“Not only one of the finest thriller 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. Stuart Neville is Ireland’s answer to Henning Mankell.”—Ken Bruen

“Sure to garner attention and stir lively pub discussions.”—Library Journal

“Neville’s debut novel is tragic, violent, exciting, plausible, and compelling. . . . The Ghosts of Belfast is dark, powerful, insightful, and hard to put down.”—Booklist

“Neville’s debut is as unrelenting as Fegan’s ghosts, pulling no punches as 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 and those 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, and one of the first great post-Troubles novels to emerge from Northern Ireland.”—Sunday Independent (Ireland)

Fegan has been a “hard man,” an IRA killer 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 to appease 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 child to 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 multimedia design business based in Armagh, northern Ireland. This novel, also known as The Twelve in the UK and Ireland, is the first in a series.
 

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Stuart Neville is a partner in a multimedia design business based in Armagh, northern Ireland. This novel, also known as The Twelve in the UK and Ireland, is the first in a series.
 
Published October 1, 2009 by Soho Crime. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

Feb 06 2010 | Read Full Review of The Ghosts of Belfast

Open Letters Monthly

They are more private avenger than private eye and their creators to a man characterize them as modern knights.

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Mysterious Reviews

To be sure, there is more, but it takes the form of a completely unnecessary, even intrusive, subplot involving Fegan's relationship with a woman that is overlaid on the main story, seemingly written as an afterthought to support a plot point towards the end, but isn't truly integrated and adds l...

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Spinetingler Magazine

As Fegan accomplishes each step in the series, complications in the political situation arise as he upsets the delicate balance achieved in the peace process.

Feb 28 2010 | Read Full Review of The Ghosts of Belfast

Boomtron

As a matter of fact, Belfast not only qualifies as the best debut novel of the year, but it may very well be the best novel of the year.

Oct 01 2009 | Read Full Review of The Ghosts of Belfast

Boomtron

My BSC partners in crime (yes, I am not above such lame statements), Brian Lindenmuth and Keith Rawson, have already shouted to the heavens about the awesomeness that is The Ghosts of Belfast by first-time novelist Stuart Neville.

Nov 24 2009 | Read Full Review of The Ghosts of Belfast

Boomtron

DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION UNLESS YOU’VE READ THE BOOK DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION UNLESS YOU’VE READ THE BOOK DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION UNLESS YOU’VE READ THE BOOK DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION UNLESS YOU’VE READ THE BOOK DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION UNLESS YOU’...

Oct 05 2009 | Read Full Review of The Ghosts of Belfast

ReviewingtheEvidence.com

Gerry Fegan has killed many in his career as IRA hitman, but is haunted by twelve of his victims for whom he is determined to get justice by despatching those who ordered the hits.

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Savannah Now

Set in Belfast in the aftermath of Northern Ireland’s Troubles*, The Ghosts of Belfast introduces us to ex-con Gerry Fegan.

Apr 29 2010 | Read Full Review of The Ghosts of Belfast

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