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Collusion (Jack Lennon #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  934 ratings  ·  129 reviews
A merciless assassin stalks Belfast and Detective Inspector Jack Lennon has been assigned to the case. As Lennon unravels a far-reaching conspiracy involving collusion among Loyalists, IRA members, and law enforcement, he discovers that his estranged former lover and their daughter are in the killer's cross-hairs. To catch the assassin and save the only family he has, Lenn ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2010)
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My husband, the Lovely Bry 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 Bry 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 Bry that Collusion is
Kit Fox
The universal rule of diminished returns regarding sequels was in full swing on this 'un. Whereas Neville's first novel felt fresh, jarring, and meticulously honed to near-noir-ish perfection, this followup felt rushed and slightly ill-planned. I enjoyed bits of it, but while The Ghosts of Belfast had this brilliantly-directed-and-eerily-filmed-low-budget-Irish-crime-film quality about it, Collusion seemed more like the big budget Hollywood remake of the original that starred Ben Affleck instead ...more
Rob Kitchin
At one level, Collusion is a fairly straightforward thriller – The Traveller hunts down O’Kane’s victims and Fegan and Lennon try to stop him. It rises above average fare though by being a multilayered tale with noir sensibilities – no real heroes or neat resolutions, just people with complex, troubled and intertwined histories. The writing is excellent, with well constructed prose and scenes. The characterisation is strong and the plotting sound, with pages flying by as the end nears. I would h ...more
A. Mary Murphy
There's a great deal of nose shattering in this novel, set in the midst of corruption of all sorts, almost constant violence, and heaps of coarse language. Neville exposes idealism gone bad, as republicans and loyalists and police engage in blackmail, torture, murder, prostitution, and everything else that is not lofty. The book opens with chapters that move among characters, weaving those threads into a thick braid of plot points, and eventually brings them all to the same place. One of the mos ...more
Remnants of the paranormal bloodshed of 'The Twelve' are evident through ripples of sanctioned hits and untimely deaths of those unlucky enough to have survived the tilde wave of violence that was Gerry Fegan. Having exorcised his demons, the haunting's of murdered past take a back seat to the shotgun police procedural and corrupt peelers of Belfast in 'Collusion', the action packed sophomore novel by Stuart Neville. Bull O'Kane was spared Fegan's wrath and has set about wiping all trace of the ...more
In the end, not as bad as I kept thinking it was - got better (and by better I mean quicker-paced and more to-the-point, not necessarily better written) in the second half. I can absolutely see these Jack Lennon books being made into movies. They would be big-budget action types with lots of guns, blood, and gratuitous sex. Like the movie to be made from it, I do not think this book to be prize-worthy, but it is certainly an escape from reality. Time to move on to a different genre, though. No m ...more
The only time I have been in Northern Ireland, all I remember is that feeling of defeat and disappointment. My ferry landed in Belfast and, though the docks looked like most docklands, the rest of the city seemed no improvement. It was a fading black and white photo of a day with the only color seeming to come from graffiti and that not providing any warmth or comfort. I couldn’t wait to get on the train to Dublin. So, when I read stories like the one contained in Collusion, the second in Stuart ...more
I was wondering how Stuart Neville was going to follow up is masterful and harrowing introduction of Gerry Fegan, who didn't seem to have much future in West Belfast. Simply enough, Fegan is dispatched to New York City--gone but definitely not forgotten and always looming in the consciousness of everyone he has touched. Among them is the protagonist of "Collusion" Detective Inspector Jack Lennon who shares the spotlight with Fegan and with a man known only as The Traveler, a hired killer who is ...more
Neville creates very scary bad guys and good guys. They are almost superhuman. This book features Jack Lennon, a cop in Belfast, who is searching for his former girlfriend,Marie, and his daughter. Jack is a rake, and abandoned Marie when she became pregnant. Now full of regrets, 5 years later, he searches for them. Jack is kind of a jerk - his Catholic family turned him out and shuns him, because he joined the police after his younger brother was killed in the Troubles. Another bad guy, Gerry Fe ...more
Jack (John) Lennon was plagued with right and wrong early on. After the death and cover up of his brother, Jack become a voice of the people, committed to do the right thing and bring justice to those who sought to be outside of the law. Entwining circumstances leave him straddled between the world he’s sworn to protect and a world of corruption.
Poor decisions, and government collusion, puts Jack’s career in jeopardy. And possibly his daughters life in peril. Now Jack is charged with protecting
This is a gripping, well written and bloody book - not for the squeamish. Jack Lennon is a cop in Belfast. His world involves working with criminals - often letting some of the worst walk free so as to keep a balance of power on the streets. For American readers, it's a frightening look at the underbelly of Belfast. I kept reminding myself that I'd been there, and in that peaceful year it seems no more dangerous than Los Angeles or New Orleans.

All Lennon has in the world is his daughter, Ellen,
Ann Collette
COLLUSION, Neville's follow up to his excellent first novel, THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST, is the story of Jack Lennon, a slightly crooked Belfast cop floundering in his career, thanks to a claim from a new recruit on the force that Lennon tried to pass him a bribe for a speeding ticket he'd issued. Demoted, Lennon is bored and at a loss as to both how to restore himself to his former position and to give his life some meaning again when he discovers that the wife and child he abandoned many years befo ...more
PROTAGONIST: Marco "The Alligator" Buratti
SETTING: Belfast, Ireland
SERIES: #2 of 2

Stuart Neville took the crime fiction world by storm with his debut novel, THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST (apa THE TWELVE). That book featured former IRA hitman Gerry Fegan. Fegan has a prominent role in COLLUSION, but the protagonist of this second book is Detective Inspector Jack Lennon.

Of course, the political situation in Ireland is very complicated. There are ties and collusion among the Catholics, the Pro
So, with John Lennon #2 we get to meet the named protagonist. Not a very likeable fellow. One or two positive traits and a slew of negative ones.

On the positive side, he did join the police force, against family and community sentiment, to improve the quality of police enforcement. He also has a quest for truth and justice that is not shared by some others on the police force.

On the negative side, he stupidly walked away from his wife and child. He now has a "screw and walk" attitude toward wome
I LOVED The Twelve (The Ghosts of Belfast in the US), and while this was also a gripping, authentic crime thriller, I didn't find it quite as engrossing. Collusion is a sequel to The Twelve/The Ghosts of Belfast, and it is essential to read that first. While Collusion introduces us to Jack Lennon and goes some way in developing the character of the Catholic PSNI officer, it doesn't do much to further our understanding of the characters we met in the first book. Marie becomes little more than, as ...more
Excellent follow up to "Ghosts of Belfast"; think the mafia is tough? You ain't seen nothing til you've taken a look at Ireland during "The Troubles". Clancy's "Patriot Games" touched on the brutality engendered by the IRA, but "Ghosts of Belfast", set in Ireland, shows just how casual, accepted, and everyday beatings, shootings, extortion, etc. were.
Writing a protagonist like Gerry Fegan, who's a sociopath and a terrorist and managing to make him somewhat sympathetic is nothing short of a lit
More like 3.5. The story's good and it's a quick read but it has a dumb, predictable Hollywood-style ending. I'm really sick of the inevitable confrontation with the baddest-ass, almost inhuman killing machine that ends up with the seemingly unstoppable force stopped dead in his tracks. It feels like the character's facing off against a Boss at the end of a level on a video game. The last 50-60 pages of the book are just perfunctory steps leading toward the inevitable conclusion.

Also, there's a
Tim Niland
Neville's debut novel, The Ghosts of Belfast, was one of the more powerful crime dramas I have ever read, drawing from the Northern ireland troubles and the fractured peace accords the character of Gerry Fegan, former IRA killer who used violence to atone for the sins of his past. In this new book, Fegan has moved to the United States (under a false passport) and is trying to live a new life as a laborer in New York City. Meanwhile, in Belfast, Fegan's remaining enemies have place an unnamed kil ...more
That rating is in fact 4.5 stars.

This the second thriller by Stuart Neville set in Northern Ireland and it is another fast and furious story with lots of violence.
The story starts a few months after the end of The Twelve. The main character this time is Jack Lennon, the policeman who left Marie from the first book when she was pregnant with his daughter, Ellen.
Marie and her daughter have disappeared after all the violence they were exposed to, and Jack is trying to find his daughter and to disco
In Collusion Neville does show even a hint of the sophomore slump. Continuing on after the events of the previous book in such a way that they could be read as one long novel and pretty much upping the ante in every way, the story is violent, bitter, tense but also suspenseful and page turning. Neville has spent his time with Lehane, Ellroy, and McCarthy but never apes them, and on his second novel he is good as or better than them (except McCarthy) at a similar point in their careers. Also, the ...more
“Collusion” is the wonderful sequel to “The Ghosts of Belfast”. A sequel that I enjoyed just as much as the first book in what I hope is going to be a continuing series.

“Collusion” carries off where the previous book left off…with Gerry Fegan just as haunted as before and doing his best to protect Marie and her daughter Ellen, who he dragged into battle with him in “The Ghosts of Belfast.” Missing from the first book but very present here is Jack Lennon, Ellen’s father…who wants nothing more tha
A very good follow-up to "The Ghosts of Belfast". A number of familiar characters and some new ones. We finally meet and get to know Jack Lennon, the father of Marie's daughter Ellen. Gerry Fegan has left Northern Ireland for America, but is called back by an over-whelming feeling that Marie and Ellen are in danger - and they are. I loved Jack and look forward to more in the "Jack Lennon Investigations" series. I'm slightly disturbed that I also kind of liked the Traveler; I did not like his goa ...more
Ed Mckeon
Holy cow. I couldn't put this thing down. It's been months since I read Ghosts of Belfast, and I didn't realize this was a companion, and it's a good one. Neville combines crime and the vestigal politics and corruption of the Irish troubles into a scary stew where crimes are sanctioned by the powers that be, and no one can be trusted. With a dishonorable cop and a contract killer as protagonists, and another contract killer as the villain, this book wanders the alleys of some dark places. I fini ...more
I received this book via the goodreads first reads giveaway program thank you to all involved.

Gritty,gripping and fastpaced. I hadn't read the previous book but I didn't feel disadvantged. Lots of really good synopsis of the book can be found here on Goodreads, so I will simply say I found this the kind of book that makes it hard to get other stuff done ( dinner was late more than once).

I originally thought I would no enoy this book because of it's theme, however I felt the need to step out of m
Stuart Neville, author of GHOSTS OF BELFAST, does it again with this new novel set in New York and Northern Ireland. Ex IRA hit-man Gerry Fegan has sworn to protect Marie and her young daughter Ellen. Marie knows that Gerry is a murderer, that he’s dangerous, and that he’s more than a little crazy. She also knows he would exchange his life for theirs, and so she trusts him above all others. When Marie and Ellen are threatened by the evil from their past, Gerry must team up with Ellen’s estranged ...more
This is a fast paced tale that follows on from The Ghosts of Belfast. Gerry Fagen is compelled to return from America to save Ellen - the child of D.I Lennon and Marie McKenna. Again, Ellen and Marie are used as pawns in a cat and mouse game. There is a new villain in "The Traveller" who has been hired to draw out Gerry Fagen and conclude the events of the Ghosts of Belfast once and for all. I won't say too much more, but there was a sense of inevitability in this book. I think that this author' ...more
Brennan Griffin
Here's another great novel from Stuart Neville. Its a thriller, but it has both action and a brain. His first novel explored revenge and justice in the context of Northern Ireland as the peace process took hold. This sequel deals with the cross-cutting loyalties of sectarianism, and how agents from all sides privately colluded with each other for personal gain, while staying on the "right" side of their particular creed. Meanwhile, public acts of cooperation get branded as "collusion" even when ...more
Jay Brown
Read it in one night! Kept thinking "just 1 more chapter..." - next thing I knew, it was 5am, and there were no chapters left! One word: brilliant!
"It suited him to let the likes of Bull O'Kane think he was illiterate. No one ever suffered for being underestimated" (42).
“Lennon raised the cup to his lips and sipped hot sweet tea through the lid’s mouthpiece. He did not see this new drinking technology as an advance in civilization. It made him feel like a toddler with a sippy cup” (206).
“The doll lay naked alongside the juice box like a passed out junkie” (206).
“ ‘Id he won’t tell me, why in God’s name would he tell you?’
Fegan said, ‘Becau
I enjoyed this book--Neville has the thriller aspect down, and somehow he manages to fit in the troubled history of Northern Ireland's recent past as well. My one quibble, not so much with the book as with its publicity, is that I think a reader should read Ghosts of Belfast, a.k.a., The Twelve (depends which side of the pond you're on) first. Although we have a new protagonist in this tale, a lot of the characters from the first novel show up in this one as well, and though their stories are to ...more
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I have been a musician, a composer, a teacher, a salesman, a film extra, a baker and a hand double for a well known Irish comedian, but I'm currently a partner in a successful multimedia design business in the wilds of Northern Ireland.

I have published short stories in Thuglit, Electric Spec and Every Day Fiction. THE TWELVE is my first novel, and will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Ha
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