Former paramilitary killer Gerry Fegan wanders New York City, hiding from a past he escaped at terrible cost. But he made a fatal mistake: he spared the life of Bull O'Kane, a ruthless man who will stop at nothing to get his revenge. Too many witnesses survived a bloody battle at his border farm, and now he wants them silenced, whether man, woman or child. O'Kane calls the Traveller, an assassin without pity or remorse, a killer of the purest kind.
Back in Belfast, Detective Inspector Jack Lennon, father of one the witnesses, is caught up in a web of official secrets and lies as he tries to uncover the whereabouts of his daughter. The closer he gets to the truth about the events on O'Kane's border farm, the more his superiors instruct him to back off.
When Fegan realises he can't shake off the trail of violence that has followed him across the world, he has no choice but to return to Belfast and confront his past. The Traveller awaits Fegan's return, ready for the fight of his life.
A fast-paced thriller about duty and revenge, COLLUSION is the blistering sequel to THE TWELVE (published in the USA as THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST), one of the most highly acclaimed debuts of recent years.
"If you liked Neville's debut thriller The Twelve last year, his second is even better. Utterly authentic and with a bone-crunching punch, Collusion suggests Neville may just have the talent to rival his hero James Ellroy when it comes to harsh, black thrillers." - Daily Mail
"James Ellroy and Val McDermid were among admirers of Stuart Neville's corpse-filled debut The Twelve, and his follow-up Collusion is another mesmerising Belfast blood bath. The Traveller and O'Kane are memorably grotesque creations, and Neville's violent showdowns rival those in Jacobean revenge plays." - Sunday Times
"Brisk, addictive and possessing an expert sense of when to play the 'supernatural' card, Collusion is a worthy successor to one of last year's best thrillers." - The Guardian
"Neville's latest is a fast-paced, coolly plotted follow-up to last year's brilliant 'The Twelve'. You'll read it in an afternoon." -Time Out (best beach reads feature)
"Collusion is a gripping thriller that transcends its genre through an unflinching examination of how 40 years of internecine strife has left unhealed scars that resonate in all levels of life in the North today." - Irish Independent
"Neville's no-holds-barred approach doesn't waver in this gritty second outing. Though there's a more obvious trajectory to this story, he still displays a knack for building excruciating tension, a brutal glee in exposing what's rotten at the core of today's Northern Ireland and a penchant for describing grim injuries." - Metro
"Riveting sequel ... almost operatic. A feast for thriller fans." - Booklist (starred review)
"Neville's sophomore effort is just as well written and just as violent as his debut, winner of the LA Times book prize for best crime fiction 2009. Neville creates sympathy for his characters in the midst of violence and betrayal and reveals Northern Ireland as a country still under the effects of decades of terror." - Library Journal (starred review)
"Irish author Neville follows his stunning debut with an even more powerful tale of revenge, violence, and redemption. Neville rides the perfect Celtic storm in an action-packed, cerebral thriller." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Neville's latest tale of redemption and retribution expertly combines razor-sharp writing and expert pacing, and as a result Collusion brims with suspense from start to finish."- Ulster Tatler (Book of the month)
"The corrosive influence of collusion spreads throughout the novel, and it's absolutely compulsive reading. Remarkably, Neville manages to make you feel sympathy for the cast of deadly criminals at its heart." - Waterstones Books Quarterly
"If anything, COLLUSION is a stronger book than THE TWELVE, with a multi-layered storyline, the levels of official and unofficial deception and self-deception unravelling like an onion. A quality political thriller." - Eurocrime.co.uk
"Collusion is indeed a fully realized sequel as powerful as the first novel ... a disturbing, unrelenting, and vivid trip into the nightmare aftermath of social, criminal, and personal death and destruction." - International Noir Fiction