The Ghosts of Belfast

The Ghosts of Belfast

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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.
Publisher: New York : Soho, 2009.
ISBN: 9781569476000
Branch Call Number: FICTION NEV

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Liesel_C Feb 21, 2017

"The Ghosts of Belfast", also known as "The Twelve", is a compelling read, set in the aftermath of Northern Ireland's troubled past.


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SCL_Justin Jul 25, 2017

The Ghosts of Belfast is the kind of book that would be a fine movie. It’s about an old former terrorist killing the people who made him kill people when he was an active terrorist. It’s told pretty straightforwardly and is a quick read. It’s more of a gangster story than a mystery as we follow Fegan trying to put his ghosts to rest. There’s a love interest and an undercover cop trying to keep a lid on the politics of these killings. In general that’s the main thrust of the story, doing things right when politics make it much easier to do something else.

It’s short and has a good hook and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a movie version of it someday. It didn’t blow me away with any cool twists or anything. I’m trying to find something really good in that vein that I can recommend to people who love the supermarket authors. This is kind of close.

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wardlind
Jan 30, 2017

This was my first Neville book and I loved it!. The setting is tough -- post "The Troubles" in Belfast and the criminal gangs who still run parts of the city. But he writes incredible characters -- they literally pop off the page! And who can resist a redemption story? Not me. I plan to read more of his.

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ldausch
Jun 23, 2015

A gripping revenge/redemption tale. I completed it in 24 hours. The Belfast/Northern Ireland setting is fascinatingly depicted. The fuzzy line between possible mental illness and the realm of the paranormal is interesting.

nelson21 Apr 23, 2014

A superb first novel. Anti IRA -The author accurately describes the IRA, stripped of their mythical cloak, for what they truly are.

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peteb63
Apr 01, 2014

Also under the title of The Twelve

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DeltaQueen50
Feb 09, 2013

This first novel by Stuart Neville is a blend of crime, thriller and paranormal that deals with the themes of guilt and redemption. It’s well written and gives the reader many tense moments. Over and above the main story, this book takes a hard look at the violent history of The Troubles and how this history still casts a long shadow. The Ghosts of Belfast is a gritty, emotional and at times brutal story, and an excellent introduction to this promising author.

saskflax Aug 04, 2012

I was really drawn into this book and found the characters well defined. Suspenseful.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

Anti-IRA.

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Isobel
Mar 28, 2012

A great read. A different view of "the troubles" . Great neew author, Stuart Neville.

Will read his work when it becomes available.

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dcafk
Oct 21, 2011

This first is a series set in Belfast is a find. i heartily recommend it.

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