"Terrifyingly authentic, shiveringly good."
“I read this new novel with something bordering on awe. Nobody should be as damn talented as Stuart Neville. Collusion is a magnificent novel.”
“Collusion is that rare beast: a second novel that not only lives up to the promise of the first, but actually exceeds it. Thankfully, it seems like Stuart Neville is going to be with us for a long time."
“The violence in Stuart Neville’s novels about Northern Ireland is about as nasty as it gets in noir crime fiction.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Riveting.... Neville's deft style builds mounting tension, and his characters, all tragic figures, are skillfully developed.... The violence, administered up close and personal—and the rage of those who commit it—is almost operatic. A feast for thriller fans."
—Booklist, Starred Review
“Neville’s sophomore effort is just as well written and just as violent as his debut, winner of the LA Times Book Prize for best crime fiction 2009. Neville creates sympathy for his characters in the midst of violence and betrayal and reveals Northern Ireland as a country still under the effects of decades of terror.”
—Library Journal, Starred Review
“Neville follows his stunning debut, The Ghosts of Belfast, with an even more powerful tale of revenge, violence, and redemption…. Neville rides the perfect Celtic storm in an action-packed, cerebral thriller with fully realized characters and an insider’s view of the ever-shifting politics of Northern Ireland.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Brisk, addictive ... Collusion is a worthy successor to one of last year's best thrillers.”—Guardian
“Neville's follow-up to his corpse-filled debut The Twelve is another mesmerizing Belfast blood bath ... the author's showdowns rival those in Jacobean revenge plays.”
“Stuart Neville has a lock on dread.... Full-bodied and credible.... The question Mr. Neville raises with singularly artful drama is whether survival is enough to keep one going. We'll see.”
“Graphic, gory, gritty and provocative, Collusion is a wild ride.... Collusion keeps readers on edge until the closing page.... A gripping novel, peppered with a bizarre collection of warped and twisted personalities.”
“Neville’s way with tension is only matched by his skill at action scenes.”
“If you by chance have never read Stuart Neville’s Belfast Trilogy, it’s time to redeem yourself.”
“Packed with historical and psychological detail.... [Neville] methodically builds suspense, moving his characters into position like chessboard pawns until they converge in a cataclysmic struggle.”
Irish author Neville follows his stunning debut, The Ghosts of Belfast, with an even more powerful tale of revenge, violence, and redemption. Collusion among Loyalists, IRA members, and the cops stymie the efforts of Det. Insp. Jack Lennon to find his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter, Ellen, who've been targeted by Belfast crime boss Bull O'Kane. Jack finds an unlikely ally in former paramilitary killer Gerry Fegan, who knows that his murderous actions at a border farm where O'Kane was wounded and the gangster's son died have put mother and daughter at risk. Neville rides the perfect Celtic storm in an action-packed, cerebral thriller with fully realized characters and an insider's view of the ever-shifting politics of Northern Ireland, where the "peace boom" has also brought hordes of investors. Jack and Gerry emerge as two distinctly complicated antiheroes, neither of whom has illusions about himself. (Oct.)
Former IRA gunman Gerry Fegan returns in Neville's follow-up to The Ghosts of Belfast. After (spoiler alert!) the massacre at Bull O'Kane's farmhouse, O'Kane is alive but desperate to kill Fegan, the only man to ever beat him. Fegan himself has left Northern Ireland, but a strange connection to six-year-old Ellen McKenna keeps him tied to the events of that night. When Ellen and her mother are threatened by O'Kane in an attempt to draw Fegan out, he returns to Northern Ireland to right the wrong that put them in danger. Ellen's father, policeman Jack Lennon, who has never been a part of her life, is also desperate to keep his daughter safe, and the two men search for Ellen and her mother amidst the collusion of Loyalists and Republicans, Irish and English, and killers and cops. VERDICT Neville's sophomore effort is just as well written and just as violent as his debut, winner of the LA Times book prize for best crime fiction 2009. Neville creates sympathy for his characters in the midst of violence and betrayal and reveals Northern Ireland as a country still under the effects of decades of terror. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 5/1/10.]—Lisa Hanson O'Hara, Univ of Manitoba Libs., Winnepeg