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Odd Man Out

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In the aftermath of a botched hold-up, intended to finance the activities of his IRA cell, a wounded Johnny McQueen takes shelter in the back-alleys of Belfast, a shadowy underworld where sanctuary is freighted at every moment with peril. Meanwhile, a vast police manhunt is launched -- a net that closes steadily, remorselessly in upon him.

Basis for the Carol Reed film star
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1992 by Cardinal (first published 1945)
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Allan
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that I live in the suburbs of Belfast, it was only relatively recently that I heard of the 1947 James Mason movie 'Odd Man Out', which features many famous Belfast landmarks, and later still that I found out that the movie was based on this novel. Having read a couple of good write ups on the book, I thought that I'd give it a go, and I'm glad that I did.

The narrative deals with the aftermath of a raid on the wages office of a large linen mill in the city by a gang from the 'Org
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When Johnny Murtah of the IRA plans a robbery to gain funds for the cause the fallout is disastrous. During the robbery a man is killed and Johnny is severely wounded and finds himself on the run from the Peelers. He becomes a wanted man from both sides of the conflict.

The novel is divided into two parts. The first deals with the fallout of the failed robbery and the second deals with Johnny who finds himself alone and without support.

This was less of an "action" novel and far more "psychologica
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1035830.html[return][return]My write-up of this book is very much based on the differences with the film, of which three seemed to me pretty significant.[return][return]The first, which concerns me most in a way, is that where the setting of Reed's film is somewhat ambiguous, Green's book is absolutely firmly set in Belfast in 1944. The city centre streets are named - Royal Avenue, Dublin Road, Victoria Street; and the tram that in the film is heading up the Falls Road ...more
Gavin Felgate
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
An old book, and with a very unusual format, being split into two distinct parts.

In the first part, a gang (known as "The Organisation") carries out a botched robbery, during which the gang's leader, Johnny, kills an innocent victim. The gang ends up scattered; some arrested, some killed, and the narrative switches between viewpoints, with all the gang's members featuring heavily except Johnny.

Then, the second part is all about Johnny's fortunes, being taken in by various people, including - lat
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