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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407084626
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512


The brilliant follow-up to the debut thriller of 2009, The Twelve. ‘This is some guy to watch out for in a dark alley.’ – James Ellroy

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, one of the most highly acclaimed debuts of recent years.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407084626
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 512

About the Author

Stuart Neville

Stuart Neville’s first novel, The Twelve, was one of the most critically acclaimed crime debuts of recent years, winning the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best thriller. Collusion, Stolen Souls, Ratlines (shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger), The Final Silence and Those We Left Behind (a Richard and Judy Book Club choice) have garnered widespread praise, confirming his position as one of the most exciting crime authors writing today.


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Praise for Collusion

“I read this new novel with something bordering on awe. Nobody should be as damn talented as Stuart Neville. A magnificent novel”

Ken Bruen

“A second novel that not only lives up to the promise of the first, but actually exceeds it”

John Connolly

“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”

John Dugdale, Sunday Times

“If you like Neville's debut thriller 'The Twelve' last year - as I most certainly did - his second is even better... Utterly authentic and with a bone crunching punch, 'Collusion' suggest Neville may just have the talent to rival his hero, James Ellroy, when it comes to harsh, black thrillers”

Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

“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”

John O'Connell, Guardian

“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

“A cracking story, told with wit and panache. Thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly recommended”


“Neville's follow-up to his corpse-filled debut The Twelve is another mesmerizing Belfast blood bath...the author's showdowns rival those in Jacobean revenge plays.”

John Dugdale, Sunday Times

“Collusion then, is a high-tempo noir thriller well underpinned by bleak history”


“Terrifyingly authentic, shiveringly good.”

Val McDermid

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