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Counterplot

(1999)
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Counterplot, Alistair MacNeill's most unusual novel yet, is atmospherically set in Chicago's underworld. The strength of this vividly characterised piece is a forcefully created central protagonist, Frankie Genno, a penny-ante criminal who deals in drugs and mixes with some of the big boys in Chicago's crime scene. But he has ideas above his station: Frankie believes that a bank raid will put him in the city's upper crime echelons. However, his girlfriend Anne (a coke addict like Frankie) turns him in and he winds up imprisoned--after committing several murders. Anne changes her name and looks, then relocates to another city under the aegis of the Witness Protection Programme. This is a necessary move considering that Frankie breaks out of jail and tracks her down with bloody revenge on his mind. The authenticity of the dialogue and kinetic plot make Counterplot a gritty and compelling read, reminiscent of some of the best pulp writing of the Forties. --Barry Forshaw

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

January 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Counterplot
Author(s): Alastair MacNeill
ISBN: 0-7505-1647-X / 978-0-7505-1647-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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October 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Counterplot
Author(s): Alastair Macneil
ISBN: 0-575-06757-8 / 978-0-575-06757-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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Paperback Editions

April 2000 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Counterplot
Author(s): Alastair Macneil
ISBN: 0-7528-3404-5 / 978-0-7528-3404-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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November 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: Counterplot
Author(s): Alastair MacNeill
ISBN: 0-7528-2735-9 / 978-0-7528-2735-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
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April 1999 : UK Paperback

Title: Counterplot
Author(s): Alastair Macneil
ISBN: 0-575-60348-8 / 978-0-575-60348-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK