The Twelve

by Stuart Neville

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Crime / Mystery Debut Books of the Month Thriller and Suspense

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July 2010 Debut of the Month.


The shout-line on the cover reads “Twelve Murders, Twelve Ghosts, Twelve Demands for Vengeance” and so our IRA hitman sets out to clear his conscience, by killing those who order him to kill.  This is tremendous stuff, a really good novel on the Irish scene, a cut-above the norm.

Comparison: James Ellroy, Ian Rankin, Simon Kernick.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Twelve Synopsis

Sooner or later, everybody pays - and the dead will set the price...Gerry Fegan, a former paramilitary contract killer, is haunted by the ghosts of the 12 people he has slaughtered. Every night he drowns their screams in drink, on the point of losing his mind. Then one of the ghosts offers Fegan a solution: kill those who engineered their deaths. From the greedy politicians to the corrupt security forces, the street thugs to the complacent bystanders who let it happen, all must pay the price. But when Fegan's vendetta threatens to derail Northern Ireland's peace process and destabilise its fledgling government, old comrades and enemies alike want him gone. The secrets of a dirty war should stay buried: even if its ghosts do not.

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ISBN: 9780099535348
Publication date: 24/06/2010
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of CCV
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846552793
Publication date: 02/07/2009
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099535348
Publication date: 24th June 2010
Author: Stuart Neville
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of CCV
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Stuart Neville

Stuart Neville’s first novel, The Twelve, was one of the most critically acclaimed crime debuts of recent years, winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best thriller. Collusion, Stolen Souls, Ratlines (shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger) and The Final Silence have garnered widespread praise, confirming his position as one of the most exciting crime authors writing today.   Author pic © Greg Haire/HardLight Studio   Maxim Jakubowski's view on Stuart Neville... THE TWELVE,  Neville’s first novel (titled THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST in the USA) is an outstanding debut about a ...

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