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The Twelve by Stuart Neville
  

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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.

If you like Stuart Neville you might also like to read books by Charles Cumming, Brian McGilloway and Simon Kernick.

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Synopsis

The Twelve by Stuart Neville

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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Reviews

The Twelve is the best first novel I've read in years. It crackles. It grabs you by the throat. This is some guy to watch out for in a dark alley -- James Ellroy Stunning... Awesomely powerful, fabulously written and with a hero who is also a villain that you cannot help sympathising with, this novel is simply unmissable Daily Mail A brilliant thriller: unbearably tense, stomach-churningly frightening Observer As astonishing debut. Brilliantly conceived, masterfully written; both a heart-pounding thriller and a stunning examination of responsibility and revenge -- Jeff Abbott A blistering debut Metro


About the Author

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.

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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 haunted ex-IRA killer and British undercover agent striving to survive his guilt and a veritable posse of implacable enemies. Harrowing, realistic and full of compassion for the victims of crime and terrorism, this introduces a major new voice to crime writing. An outstanding achievement.

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Publication date

24th June 2010

Author

Stuart Neville

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780099535348

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