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Collusion [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Neville
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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GARRY FEGAN:


the former hit man is hiding out in New York, having cut all ties wiht his old life. But he made a fatal mistake: he spared the life of Bull O'Kane, a ruthless gang leader who will stop at nothing to get his revenge.



THE TRAVELLER:


a merciless assassin who kills without pity or remorse, The Traveller is hired by O'Kane. His instructions are to find - and terminate - Fegan, and O'Kane knows the perfect bait to lure Fegan back to Belfast.



JACK LENNON:


his family have disowned him and his colleagues don't trust him. But when he discovers that his ex-partner and young daughter are helpless pawns caught up in O'Kane's thirst for vengeance, Lennon must enter into a desperate alliance if he is to save them both.



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A second novel that not only lives up to the promise of the first, but actually exceeds it. (John Connolly )

Terrifyingly authentic, shiveringly good. (Val McDermid )

I read this new novel with something bordering on awe. Nobody should be as damn talented as Stuart Neville. A magnificent novel. (Ken Bruen )

If you liked Neville's debut thriller The Twelve last year...his second is even better...Utterly authentic and with a bone-crunching punch, Collusion suggests Neville may just have the talent to rival his hero, James Ellroy, when it comes to harsh, black thrillers. For as Ellroy says of him: 'This guy can write.' (Daily Mail )

Mesmerising (Sunday Times )

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The brilliant follow-up to the debut thriller of 2009, The Twelve. 'This is some guy to watch out for in a dark alley.' - James Ellroy

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Stuart Neville has been a musician, a composer, a teacher, a salesman, a film extra, a baker and a hand double for a well known Irish comedian. His first novel, The Twelve, was one of the most critically acclaimed crime débuts of recent years, and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average ... 18 Oct. 2010
By pixie g
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I recently read 'The Twelve', which was the prequel to 'Collusion' and found it completely compelling ... but sadly 'Collusion' was disappointing. The 'villain', 'The Traveller' is supposedly a fearsome contract killer - but along the way he seems to make so many mistakes, and suffers so many minor unfortunate incidents (in which he comes off badly) that you'd almost expect to see him popping up as the villain in a gangster spoof. Having said that, the plot carries the reader along, and I would read another book by Stuart Neville - but I'd hope that the next book matches the standard of his first ('The Twelve') rather than 'Collusion'.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One down from Twelve 19 Jan. 2012
By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Stuart Neville burst onto the scene a couple of years ago with what I thought was a top-notch thriller called The Twelve, fronted by former IRA assassin Gerry Fegan. In this, the sequel, Fegan adopts a slightly lower profile and the leading man this time round is probably Detective Inspector Jack Lennon, who while fighting corruption within the police force tries to track down his former partner and their five-year-old daughter - who he has never met - and who have gone into hiding. Meanwhile another colourful character from the first novel, godfather and political string-puller Bull O'Kane, brings in a contract killer called The Traveller and offers him a substantial sum to get rid of some of the human loose ends from that previous story, and to bring the mentally unstable but physically intimidating Gerry Fegan to him alive.

Although it's the title of the book, collusion itself is only a backdrop to the main story - the author wanting to take another opportunity to give vent to his feelings about the hypocrisy that exists in Northern Ireland among and between the various political factions, mainly the Republicans and the Loyalists, and how money is the ultimate driver rather than deep-rooted religious or cultural beliefs and divisions. Once again I sense that one or two fictional characters are based on (or inspired by) real-life Sinn Fein and British politicians, of whom the author clearly has a low opinion.

As is often the case, the standard of writing is better than in the debut novel, the character development is very good but the story around which it all hangs is lacking in originality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to The Twelve 19 Aug. 2010
By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Stuart Neville burst onto the scene last year with what I thought was a top-notch thriller called The Twelve, fronted by former IRA assassin Gerry Fegan. In this, the sequel, Fegan adopts a slightly lower profile and the leading man this time round is probably Detective Inspector Jack Lennon, who while fighting corruption within the police force tries to track down his former partner and their five-year-old daughter - who he has never met - and who have gone into hiding. Meanwhile another colourful character from the first novel, godfather and political string-puller Bull O'Kane, brings in a contract killer called The Traveller and offers him a substantial sum to get rid of some of the human loose ends from that previous story, and to bring the mentally unstable but physically intimidating Gerry Fegan to him alive.

Although it's the title of the book, collusion itself is only a backdrop to the main story - the author wanting to take another opportunity to give vent to his feelings about the hypocrisy that exists in Northern Ireland among and between the various political factions, mainly the Republicans and the Loyalists, and how money is the ultimate driver rather than deep-rooted religious or cultural beliefs and divisions. Once again I sense that one or two fictional characters are based on (or inspired by) real-life Sinn Fein and British politicians, of whom the author clearly has a low opinion.

As is often the case, the standard of writing is better than in the debut novel, the character development is very good but the story around which it all hangs is lacking in originality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Impressive Novel 31 July 2012
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is Stuart Neville's second novel and it picks up some threads from his debut, The Twelve. I do not think it is necessary to have read that book first, but having done so certainly helps to understand the motivation and character of Gerry Fegan, who is one of the three key players here. Of the other two, DI Jack Lennon, a catholic policeman, had only a walk on part in the previous book and the homicidal character with the rather enigmatic name of `The Traveller' has not appeared before.

Stuart Neville writes with authority and in an authentic manner about Northern Ireland and in particular Belfast and is clearly very familiar with this part of the world. This is an interesting story, rather more prosaic than The Twelve, where the plot revolved around Fegan's personal demons who followed him around. This time Bull O'Kane, a local thug who has suffered at Fegan's hands, is out for revenge and tries to draw him back to Northern Ireland to accomplish this. The Traveller is intended to mete out this vengeance. However, Lennon gets involved and things get complicated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Gripping story line, you just can't wait to turn the page to read what happens next!
Published 1 month ago by heather mclean
3.0 out of 5 stars After reading the excellent 'The Twelve' and the fabulous 'Ratliners'
After reading the excellent 'The Twelve' and the fabulous 'Ratliners', my expectations were perhaps too high and although 'Collusion' is a good read, I confess to being a little... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Craggs
2.0 out of 5 stars Nasty.
A thoroughly unpleasant collection of characters, acting in character! I did not finish the book and will not finish it.
Published 14 months ago by MR C N BUSHELL KING
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
This is a very interesting book ,unfortunatly I read the 12 book second,my mistake. An accurate yet depressing scenario of the tragic time in Northern Ireland. Read more
Published 14 months ago by james berry
2.0 out of 5 stars Imbalanced plot/violence
Too many lengthy and extremely graphic fight scenes. Too macho. Plot fizzles. Pity because it really started strongly, in my opinion.
Published 15 months ago by J. Radke
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
the plot is superb and the characters very very real to life. Only just found this author but well worth a read
Published 17 months ago by Mr. W. J. D. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent thriller
loved this book. follow on from the twelve which was also excellent. one author i will be following from now on. you will not be dissapointed.
Published 21 months ago by rosemary keogh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Liked this book, not as much as The Twelve but now I'm hooked on Stuart Neville's books. Can't wait for the next one.
Published 21 months ago by Reidy
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it !!
Great read. I love the way the author writes, a lot of description throughout. This is the second book I've read of the same author, I think this one is better though. Read more
Published 22 months ago by seamus mckenna
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness continues after the troubles
Very dark , but in a disturbing and good way. The inner workings of the minds of the main characters added a depth to a predictable plot .
Published 23 months ago by Mark McCrory
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