The Twelve is a magnificent debut thriller. One of the best first novels in years.
Sooner or later, everybody pays – and the dead will set the price…
Gerry Fegan, a former paramilitary contract killer, is haunted by the ghosts of the 12 people he has slaughtered. Every night he drowns their screams in drink, on the point of losing his mind. Then one of the ghosts offers Fegan a solution: kill those who engineered their deaths.
From the greedy politicians to the corrupt security forces, the street thugs to the complacent bystanders who let it happen, all must pay the price. But when Fegan’s vendetta threatens to derail Northern Ireland’s peace process and destabilise its fledgling government, old comrades and enemies alike want him gone. The secrets of a dirty war should stay buried: even if its ghosts do not.
“The Twelve is the best first novel I've read in years. It crackles. It grabs you by the throat. This is some guy to watch out for in a dark alley”
“Stunning... Awesomely powerful, fabulously written and with a hero who is also a villain that you cannot help sympathising with, this novel is simply unmissable”
“A brilliant thriller: unbearably tense, stomach-churningly frightening”
“The Twelve is not only one of the finest thriller debuts of the last ten years, but is also one of the best Irish novels, in any genre, of recent times. It grips from the first page to the last, and heralds the arrival of a major new voice in Irish writing.”
“A blistering debut”
“A page-turning thriller akin to a collaboration between John Connolly and Stephen King... The Twelve is a superb thriller, and one of the first great post-Troubles novels to emerge from Northern Ireland”
“An astonishing debut. Brilliantly conceived, masterfully written; both a heart-pounding thriller and a stunning examination of responsibility and revenge”
“The Twelve is a fast-paced, gripping, darkly enjoyable thriller”
Chris Moss, Times Literary Supplement
“It'll knock you sideways. This guy can write”
James Ellroy, The Guardian
“A gripping, original thriller”
Marcel Berlins, Sunday Times
“Great subject, great thriller”
David Hare, Guardian, Christmas round up