The Ghosts of Belfast

The Ghosts of Belfast

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Soho, c2009.
ISBN: 9781569476000
Characteristics: 326 p. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Twelve


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SCL_Justin Jul 25, 2017

The Ghosts of Belfast is the kind of book that would be a fine movie. It’s about an old former terrorist killing the people who made him kill people when he was an active terrorist. It’s told pretty straightforwardly and is a quick read. It’s more of a gangster story than a mystery as we follow Fegan trying to put his ghosts to rest. There’s a love interest and an undercover cop trying to keep a lid on the politics of these killings. In general that’s the main thrust of the story, doing things right when politics make it much easier to do something else.

It’s short and has a good hook and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a movie version of it someday. It didn’t blow me away with any cool twists or anything. I’m trying to find something really good in that vein that I can recommend to people who love the supermarket authors. This is kind of close.

Jan 30, 2017

This was my first Neville book and I loved it!. The setting is tough -- post "The Troubles" in Belfast and the criminal gangs who still run parts of the city. But he writes incredible characters -- they literally pop off the page! And who can resist a redemption story? Not me. I plan to read more of his.

Jun 23, 2015

A gripping revenge/redemption tale. I completed it in 24 hours. The Belfast/Northern Ireland setting is fascinatingly depicted. The fuzzy line between possible mental illness and the realm of the paranormal is interesting.

nelson21 Apr 23, 2014

A superb first novel. Anti IRA -The author accurately describes the IRA, stripped of their mythical cloak, for what they truly are.

peteb63 Apr 01, 2014

Also under the title of The Twelve

Feb 09, 2013

This first novel by Stuart Neville is a blend of crime, thriller and paranormal that deals with the themes of guilt and redemption. It’s well written and gives the reader many tense moments. Over and above the main story, this book takes a hard look at the violent history of The Troubles and how this history still casts a long shadow. The Ghosts of Belfast is a gritty, emotional and at times brutal story, and an excellent introduction to this promising author.

saskflax Aug 04, 2012

I was really drawn into this book and found the characters well defined. Suspenseful.

Aug 02, 2012


Mar 28, 2012

A great read. A different view of "the troubles" . Great neew author, Stuart Neville.

Will read his work when it becomes available.

Oct 21, 2011

This first is a series set in Belfast is a find. i heartily recommend it.

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