Having been to Belfast in the last year, I found that this novel evoked the tension of the past and the simmering anger that maybe still underlies the peace. Fagen is haunted by twelve ghosts who demand that he kills those who made Fegan kill them during the troubles. The pointless deaths of innocents become a haunting angry crew who demand that Fegan become their agent for justice. The machinations of the political front and behind the scenes operators of the IRA get shrewdly and brutally evoked in a solid crime thriller. The narration by Gerald Doyle is excellent capturing different voices, different classes, and balancing the hard edge with the tender.
I don't know I very rarely listen to any book twice
the dog fights
The entire book is very moving.
While set in Northern Ireland I wonder if the what to do with guys who have been trained and live to kill might be true of any place.?
I tried several times and finally got to ch.9, but still hated it. The story is dark and slow, but might be tolerable to read on paper. The narrator made it unbearable.
I will listen to Gerard Doyle read the phone book. I found Stuart Neville by searching for more performances by Doyle. I liked this book, but admittedly it has a lot to do with the reader. I do recommend all of Neville's books.
Wow. Amazing. Left me exhausted.
Harsh, yet beautiful. This is a powerful narrative of sin and redemption. The characters are brilliant. The lead character is haunting - honestly defined. The author does not waiver.
The city of Belfast is graphically depicted - the crushing despair and the threads of new hope are so beautifully illustrated. The writer effortlessly pull you in.
This is a powerful, at times violent, story; beautifully written. It is thought provoking and troubling. The narration could not have been better.
This is not a "beach" read, but I absolutely recommend it. When I rest up - as one reviewer suggested - I will get the sequel.
Fagen is one hard man. It was hard to really understand what was going on in the beginning of the book, but once I caught on the the twelve followers and really understood them, I found it quite interesting.
The story never really stops moving. I did find it hard to believe that Fagen was still very agile and "with it" even when he was near unconscious from drinking.
I would recommend this if you like a good Irish mystery that is rather gory at times.