Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.
"What an unexpected good read!"
Reflecting a city still divided, Belfast Noir serves as a record of a city transitioning to normalcy, or perhaps as a warning that underneath the fragile peace darker forces still lurk. Featuring brand-new stories by: Glenn Patterson, Eoin McNamee, Garbhan Downey, Lee Child, Alex Barclay, Brian McGilloway, Ian McDonald, Arlene Hunt, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Claire McGowan, Steve Cavanagh, Lucy Caldwell, Sam Millar, and Gerard Brennan.
"Not what I expected"
Galya Petrova travels to Ireland on a promise that she will work for a nice Russian family, teaching their children English. Instead, she is dragged into the world of modern slavery, sold to a Belfast brothel, and held there against her will. She escapes at a terrible cost - the slaying of one of her captors - and takes refuge with a man who offers his help. But her savior is not what he seems....
"Strong Third Chapter"
Ireland 1963. As the Irish people prepare to welcome President John F. Kennedy to the land of his ancestors, a German national is murdered in a seaside guesthouse. Lieutenant Albert Ryan, Directorate of Intelligence, is ordered to investigate. The German is the third foreigner to die within a few days, and Minister for Justice Charles Haughey wants the killing to end lest, a shameful secret be exposed: the dead men were all Nazis granted asylum by the Irish government in the years following World War II.
"Complex Crime Tale in Compelling Time and Place"
Blood has always been thicker than water for two Northern Irish brothers caught in the Belfast foster system, but a debt of past violence will be paid not just by them but also by those they left behind. Ciaran Devine, who made Belfast headlines seven years ago as the "schoolboy killer", is about to walk free. At the age of 12, he confessed to the brutal murder of his foster father; his testimony mitigated the sentence of his older brother, Thomas, who was also found at the crime scene, covered in blood.
"Worth the wait!!"
Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table - and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her family intervenes, fearing that scandal will mar her politician father's public image.
"My last Neville"
Jack Lennon is a Detective Inspector trying to track down his former lover, Marie McKenna, and their daughter -- but his superiors tell him to back off. Bull O'Kane is a bitter old man who will stop at nothing for vengeance. The Traveller is an assassin without pity or remorse, who stalks Belfast, tying up loose ends. Forced into the center of it all is former IRA paramilitary Gerry Fegan, who must confront his past -- and The Traveller -- for the fight of his life.
"Gripping Irish noir"
The fallout from DCI Serena Flanagan's last case, which saw her home invaded and her husband attacked, has left her family fractured.
Serena is asked to sign off on the suicide of a severely disabled businessman whose widow's close relationship with the local reverend starts to sound an alarm. But with no evidence to back her up, have Serena's instincts led her astray? Serena's determination to unlock the mystery of what happened in that house may cost her her job - and her family.
Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn’t take her long to clear out the dead man’s possessions, but one room remains locked. When Rea finally forces it open she discovers inside a chair, a table and a leather-bound book. Inside its pages are locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims. Horrified, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: DI Jack Lennon.
When 12-year-old Ciaran Devine confessed to murdering his foster father, it sent shock waves through the nation. DCI Serena Flanagan took Ciaran's confession after days spent earning his trust. He hasn't forgotten the kindness she showed him - she hasn't left his thoughts at all. But was there more to this case than the police uncovered? When concerns are brought to DCI Flanagan, the years of lies begin to unravel, setting a deadly chain of events in motion.
It is snowing, she's barefoot, but Galya runs. Tricked into coming to Belfast with the offer of a good job, all she wants now is to go home. Her only hope is a man who gave her a cross on a fine chain and a phone number, telling her to call if she escapes. Now she puts herself at his mercy, knowing she has nowhere else to turn.
Ireland, 1963. As Ireland prepares for President John F. Kennedy’s visit, a German national is murdered in a seaside guesthouse, the third foreigner in a week, and a note is found addressed to Skorzeny, Hitler’s favourite commando. As Lieutenant Albert Ryan digs deeper, he discovers a network of former Nazis, presided over by Skorzeny. Who are the killers seeking revenge for the horrors of the Second World War?
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Gerry Fegan galt als der harte Mann der IRA. Wegen zahlreicher Morde hat er zwölf Jahre im Gefängnis gesessen. Als er wieder herauskommt, hat die Welt sich verändert. In Nordirland ist der Frieden verkündet worden. Seine einstigen Weggefährten haben sich mit der neuen Zeit arrangiert. Nur Gerry Fegan gelingt das nicht - er wird verfolgt, Tag und Nacht. Die Geister seiner zwölf Opfer scheinen ihm nachzustellen - unschuldige Männer, Frauen und Kinder. Und sie erteilen ihm Befehle.
Ein Killer, der sich selbst "der Nomade" nennt, streift durch die Straßen von Belfast. Alte Rechnungen sind zu begleichen, die Bull O'Kane, gewissermaßen der Pate der Stadt, ausgestellt hat. Die alten Konflikte zwischen Loyalisten, Republikanern und der Polizei drohen wieder auszubrechen. Mitten hinein in diese explosive Lage gerät der Police Inspector Jack Lennon, als er herausfindet, dass seine ehemalige Frau Marie und seine Tochter Ellen genau in der Schusslinie stehen.
Jack Lennon, Ermittler in Belfast, möchte sich am liebsten nur um seine kleine Tochter kümmern, doch dann wird er in den Hafen gerufen. Ein Polizist ist ermordet worden. Offensichtlich ist er jemandem in die Quere gekommen, der eine Leiche verschwinden lassen wollte. Nach und nach begreift Lennon. Galya, ein Mädchen aus der Ukraine, das als Hure arbeiten sollte, hat den Bruder den Oberboss der litauischen Mafia getötet. Dessen Leiche liegt im Hafenbecken, und nun ist Galya auf der Flucht.