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by Anthony Quinn

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Crime / Mystery Political Thrillers Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Turncoat

Unexpected, thought-provoking, and unsettling, there is more to this book than initially meets the eye. A Belfast detective hunts down his informer after surviving an ambush in 1994. When events lead him to a pilgrimage on Holy Island off the shore of Lough Derg, he finds himself spiralling down into the darkest depths of his own thoughts. While there is plenty of action to be found within the pages, it is the psychological intensity that really hits home here. With the various characters edging and slicing through my mind, I found trust to be a precious commodity. As small packages of information are released, Anthony J Quinn encouraged my thoughts to hesitate and then meander. The descriptions of Holy Island created a heavy, foreboding atmosphere. The different strands began to join together, creating a net of uncertainty. The ending of Turncoat perfectly suited this tense novel, ensuring it still occupied my thoughts for a goodly while after I had finished. 

Liz Robinson

Turncoat Synopsis

The sole survivor of a murderous ambush, a Belfast police detective is forced into a desperate search for a mysterious informer that takes him to a holy island on Lough Derg, a place shrouded in strange mists and hazy rain, where nothing is as it first appears to be.


A keeper of secrets and a purveyor of lies, the detective finds himself surrounded by enemies disguised as pilgrims, and is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the purgatorial island, where he is forced to confront a series of disturbing secrets and ghosts in his own life.

Haunting and unsettling, Turncoat probes the legacy of the Troubles, the loss of collective memories and the moral consequences for the individual. It is a story of guilt, survival and the terrible price of self-knowledge, told through the voice of a detective with a double life. Descending into paranoia, he uncovers a sinister panorama of cover-ups and conspiracies. The closer he edges to the truth, the deeper he is drawn into the currents of power, violence and guilt engulfing his country...

Turncoat Press Reviews

Praise for Anthony J. Quinn

'This should make Quinn a star, for it is unquestionably one of the crime novels of the year' Daily Mail

'Superbly original' Sunday Express

'Beautifully written... a novel that demonstrates how capacious the crime fiction genre can be' Independent

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ISBN: 9781843447214
Publication date: 12/11/2020
Publisher: No Exit Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843447214
Publication date: 12th November 2020
Author: Anthony Quinn
Publisher: No Exit Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 1 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Crime / Mystery, Political Thrillers, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Anthony Quinn

Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. Since 1998 he has been the film critic of the Independent. His first novel The Rescue Man (2009) won the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award.

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