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Stuart Neville
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18 Aug 2011


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.


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.


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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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099535351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099535355
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"Terrifyingly authentic, shiveringly good" (Val McDermid)

"Fast-paced, coolly plotted" (Time Out)

"James Ellroy and Val McDermid were among admirers of Stuart Neville's corpse-filled debut The Twelve, and his follow-up Collusion is another mesmerising Belfast blood bath. The Traveller and O'Kane are memorably grotesque creations and Neville's violent showdowns rival those in Jacobean revenge plays" (John Dugdale Sunday Times)

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

"Brisk, addictive and possessing an expert sense of when to play the "supernatural" card, Collusion is a worthy successor to one of last year's best thrillers" (John O'Connell Guardian)

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'If you like Neville's debut thriller The Twelve last year - as I most certainly did - his second is even better' -Daily Mail

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars average ... 18 Oct 2010
By pixie g
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One down from Twelve 19 Jan 2012
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 Another Impressive Novel 31 July 2012
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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 Excellent, five well deserved stars 27 Jun 2012
By I. B. Pitbladdo VINE VOICE
As good as and possibly better than 'The Twelve' (and that was a cracker!). The words gritty, authentic, page turning and fast paced come easily to mind when describing this novel. It is written with such a sure and skilled hand that it is difficult to believe that this is only the authors second book.
'Collusion' then continues the story begun in 'The Twelve' and I think (but this is by no means essential)you really need to read that to give you a better understanding of what's going on. Believe me, that will be no hardship for you.
In future anything by Mr Neville will be an automatic purchase for me.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nest of Vipers... 20 Sep 2011
My husband reviewed Stuart Neville's debut novel The Twelve here last year. Unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to read it as it was lent out to friends who lent it to other friends etc etc. However, this time I was determined not to miss out so as soon as he turned the last page I snatched the book and devoured it in just one day, taking time out only to see that the children were fed and watered - it was really unputdownable.

I have been assured by my husband that Collusion is an even better read than The Twelve and that you can see how Neville has improved his writing, tightening up the narrative, using short chapters which crank up the tension to an almost unbearable level. Gerry Fegan and the mysterious Traveller both have a slightly supernatural element about them - Gerry is still haunted by his turbulent past as a paramilitary killer but retains his aura of invincibility. Is The Traveller his nemesis?

It's not a clearcut case of good versus evil here as the baddies far outnumber the goodies and each character is fully fleshed, flaws and all. You really don't know who to trust from one minute to the next. DI Jack Lennon is a really engaging character. He'd given up so much in order to join the police at a time when Catholic recruits were few and far between and now his once respected superiors seem enmeshed in the filthy mess of collusion - loyalists and republicans even helping each other if there's money to be made.

In short, a thrilling, taut read - not for those of a nervous disposition or those who object to "strong" language. I'm really looking forward to Stolen Souls, another thriller featuring Jack Lennon, somehow I don't think he's going to get the quiet life he'd hoped for!
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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 1 month 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 2 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 2 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 5 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 11 months ago by Mark McCrory
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant follow on
This is a brilliant follow on from twelve, and is closer to the truth than it is to fiction.i would recommend the book for a read.
Published 11 months ago by informative
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as good.
Nearly as good as "The Twelve" following up some of the same characters. Slightly lacks the pace and novelty of its predecessor.
Published 12 months ago by Bernard H. Moule
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