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The Twelve

(The Ghosts of Belfast)
(The first book in the Jack Lennon Investigation series)
A novel by

2011 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (shortlist)
2010 Anthony Award for Best First Novel (nominee)
2010 Dilys Award for Best Book (nominee)
2010 Macavity Award for Best First Novel (nominee)
2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller

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?

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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 best first novel I have read in years." - James Ellroy

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