Well written and descriptive, but the plot is much thinner than "Ghosts". This is more a revenge tale with a fairly predictable ending. I love Gerard Doyle's narration - I find myself using much of the slang from the book for days after finishing the listen (sometimes that's dangerous). As a sequel to "Ghosts", I felt it didn't add much to wrapping up the story. I'll miss Gerry Fagan since he was a much more interesting character than Jack Lennon. Buy Gerry's a stud - maybe he'll come back in book three since his "death" was somewhat ambiguous.....
This story is reminiscent of Sean McKinty's stories and Tana French's murder squad series. I love these novels set in Ireland. Gerard Doyle is THE class act performer; his voice causes me to try speaking with an Irish accent. Between the story and the narrator, I feel as though I am really there. I love good mystery; and, "Collusion" kept me guessing until the end.
Great story that blends strong, determined characters and a real sense of menace and violence with a creepy, other-worldly element that might be supernatural or might be an artefact of the main characters' worn and broken psychologies. Gérard Doyle is as nuanced, moving and terrifying a narrator as ever. I don't know if he ever really was a paramilitary hard man, but I wouldn't want to meet him on a bad day.
The premise (a Republican assassin killing again to appease ghosts) seemed far fetched, but the story is well crafted and superbly narrated. Well worth the read.
I now have read both of the Gerry Fagan books and enjoyed them both. The main characters were not nice people but Mr. Neville found a way to make the sympathetic. Of course I'm not including the so called love interest. These were different kind of books for me and enjoyed them thoroughly. And the narrator was also good. My first narrator that did it with the Irish accent
My God, this book and terrific reader are a combination made in heaven. It's a terrible sad, violent but beautiful story. The sad case of Northern Ireland teamed with wonderful character development makes the book truely great. The performance is simply outstanding. I've never heard anything like it. Wonderful!
Great listen. Try to read in order author wrote. Character development is complex. Are there any truly good guys. Listen and determine for your self. B