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Collusion (Jack Lennon #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,541 Ratings  ·  176 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
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James Thane
One of my favorite novels of the last few years was Stuart Neville's brilliant debut novel, The Ghosts of Belfast, a dark, violent and moody tale of life in Northern Ireland in the wake of "The Troubles." This sequel picks up the tale a bit down the road, but many of the same characters appear and issues raised in the first book are still playing out here.

Although the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland may be officially over, there's certainly no such thing as peace i
Alexandra (matobookalo)
Πολύ καλό βιβλίο και αρκετά διαφορετικό απο το πρώτο. Μπορεί να χαρακτηριστεί αστυνομικο θριλερ έχοντας στοιχεία πολιτικών θεμάτων (ώστε να έχει μια συνέχεια με το πρώτο, το οποίο ήταν μαλλον ένα πολιτικό θρίλερ). Παντώς αυτό είχε πολύ αγωνία ειδικά απο ένα σημείο και μετά και δεν θες να το αφήσεις απο τα χέρια σου. Αυτή η σειρά (Jack Lennon) νομίζω οτι αξίζει. Έχει κάτι ιδιαιτερο.
Jun 19, 2015 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook: Apparently, this is the second volume to feature Ulster cop (another Catholic among Protestants) Jack Lennon. I wish I had read Ghosts of Belfast first, because at times I felt a wee bit lost as Jack meanders through a tangled web of conflicting loyalties and conspiracies between the assorted Irish terror groups, gangs, Special Branch, and cops. His own loyalty is suspect as he had a child by Marie, the daughter of Michael McKenna, a well-known IRA boss. To make matters worse, the “Tr ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
May 01, 2011 Kit Fox rated it liked it
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
May 02, 2016 Kmalbie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ireland
Great read, Neville is such an amazing writer. His plot development and pacing in both this book and The Ghosts of Belfast, are spot on and he reveals nothing until the exact moment you start asking the question. You know this author is in complete control of his characters. He reminds me a bit of Nesbo in his intensity. On the other hand, what other serious mystery writer would have the confidence and skill to walk the literary line of (dare I say it?) "magical realism"?
Χρήστος Καψάλης
"Ο τύπος ξέρει να γράφει" επιμένει ο Ellroy για τον Stuart Neville που έγινε γνωστός για τα “Φαντάσματα του Μπέλφαστ”. Το δεύτερο βιβλίο που εκδίδει ο Neville είναι άξια συνέχεια του πρώτου, με αδύνατα αλλά και δυνατά σημεία.

Η “συνωμοσία της φωτιάς” είναι ένα καλογραμμένο και σκληρό αστυνομικό βιβλίο. Η “συμπαιγία” (collusion) όπως είναι ο πρωτότυπος τίτλος του συνεχίζει από εκεί που μας άφησαν τα φαντάσματα του Τζέρι Φέγκαν. Πρωταγωνιστής πια, είναι ο Τζακ Λένον, πρώην σύντροφος της Μαρί ΜακΚέν
Oct 25, 2014 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
May 01, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gypsy killers, haunted IRA assassins, Irish cops with baby-mommas
This is the second book in Stuart Neville's Belfast Noir Jack Lennon series. The first book, The Ghosts of Belfast, really only featured Detective Inspector Lennon as a minor character - the main character was the anti-hero Gerry Fagan, a former IRA killer who was now haunted by the ghosts of his victims. Fagan was so batshit crazy he scared everyone, and when "everyone" decided they wanted him dead, a bloodbath ensued.

Now, Lennon has settled into his new role as an underpaid detective on the fo
Mar 05, 2011 CJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2011 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Martz
Jan 20, 2017 Michael Martz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved 'Collusion', the 2nd of Stuart Neville's Belfast series. It's a very fast-paced novel that follows a Belfast cop (Lennon) trying to make sense out of a series of murders that to him are obviously linked, but to his superiors aren't. Integral to the story are his attempt to make contact with his ex-wife and daughter, as well as the involvement of Fegan, the assassin introduced in the "Ghosts of Belfast'. Something isn't right with the murders, Lennon can't locate his ex and daughter, Fega ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2011 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read_2011
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
Aug 31, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
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,
Rob Kitchin
May 13, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
A. Mary
Feb 03, 2012 A. Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-novels
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
Jun 13, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it
“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
Mar 04, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, police
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
This is Stuart Neville's second book and Oh My G-d it is good. It is the sequel to Ghosts of Belfast (aka the Twelve) and picks up a few months after the end. There are some people who know what happened on that fateful night in the old barn and they need to be silent - the silence that only death brings.
John Lennon (Jack to his friends) is caught up in the chaos of a clean up. He's an old catholic cop from before the peace who somehow survived the years. He is trying to investigate murders but
Sep 05, 2011 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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
Jul 07, 2016 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Continuation of 'The Ghosts of Belfast' but this time with the addition of Marie's ex-husband, Jack Lennon, searching for the thugs behind a series of murders. Gerry Fegen is in NYC working for some Irish criminals. Lennon is a policeman who begins to work for one the British special branches that investigate people like The Travelor, a man without a name who doesn't seem to have finger prints on file anywhere but had murdered many. Bull O'Kane wants him to track down Fegen so he can see him kil ...more
Ed Mckeon
Jan 06, 2014 Ed Mckeon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2013 Rosanne rated it liked it
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
Aug 16, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 4 stars

More of the same from Stuart Neville as the "Ghosts of Belfast" is continued with this episode set in the near future. I cant (wont) say too much in terms of plot etc as it'll give away what happens from the opening story.... but suffice to say very much enjoyed this tale.... gritty, dark, unsettling at times & very much of the Crime Noir genre as im calling it.

Worth a go is this series if you like yer crime a little darker, more in suggestive content it is, rather than actual
Frances L
Feb 27, 2016 Frances L rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the Belfast Series. Fegan and, now, Lennon, a police detective,are both searching for Marie McKenna and her daughter, Ellen. Lennon is also up against corrupt police and fegan is being persued by an assassin called Traveler hired by Bull O'Kane. There is a terrific showdown before this story ends.
Nov 13, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good addition to the series, with hard man Gerry Fegan joined by Detective Inspector Lennon, a man with his own troubles owing to The Troubles. Well done, although the finale reads a bit like someone was writing a screenplay.
Jan 17, 2017 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Neville is a really talented writer and this is a wonderful novel. While this can be read as a stand alone novel, I think reading the Ghosts of Belfast first adds to the story. I will be reading more of his novels.
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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.

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