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The Ghosts of Belfast af Stuart Neville
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The Ghosts of Belfast (original 2009; udgave 2009)

af Stuart Neville (Forfatter)

Serier: Gerry Fegan (1), Jack Lennon (1), Belfast Novels (1)

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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 twelve 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.… (mere)
Medlem:Jak_Z
Titel:The Ghosts of Belfast
Forfattere:Stuart Neville (Forfatter)
Info:Soho Crime (2009), 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:1st, nf, signed, Ireland

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The Twelve af Stuart Neville (2009)

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    I Hear the Sirens in the Street af Adrian McKinty (crazybatcow)
    crazybatcow: Same setting, same dark tone, same violence (and if you get it in audiobook, same narrator). McKinty's is a bit more "true to life" and Neville's a bit more, err, extreme, but otherwise, very similar novels.
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No rating because I finally had to stop reading this. A page turner, but incredibly violent.
  meredk | Aug 11, 2021 |
Gerry Fegan, a former IRA hit man, has finally been paroled but drinks heavily because he is haunted by the ghosts of the 12 people he killed. He finally embarks on a mission to kill the men who gave him his orders to escape his demons; the book is cleverly separated into chapters, starting with 12 and reducing as he kills off those in the militant IRA underworld, who believe he is a babbling, useless drunk and a liability to their movement. Somewhat incongruent with the rest of the story, Fegan is attracted to Marie McKenna, a relative of one of the newly slain men and a pariah to the Republicans for marrying a cop. So, Fegan tries to redeem himself by saving Marie and her young, innocent daughter. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I kept hoping this book was better than it actually is. It's similar to The Sixth Sense as the main character sees dead people, but they are the ghosts of victims related to the political violence that he has participated in. He gets rid of the ghosts one by one by killing off the people responsible for the violence. The only problem is they are part of his criminal gang, and he has to hide the killings from his friends. I got bored with the book after the second killing as the book became too predictable. ( )
  kerryp | Jul 4, 2020 |
Pleasingly grisly revenge thriller set in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday agreement. There were some neat narrative notions which raised this above the commonplace and the action sequences were satisfyingly executed. A solid and entertaining read. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
The action takes place in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday agreement. The protagonist, Gerry Fegan, is tortured by many things but three of them stood out for me:

firstly, the fact that Fegan's mother stopped talking to him when she learned he was a killer;
secondly, Fegan's realisation that many of the high level members of the IRA, who got foot soldiers like him to do the killing for them while keeping their own hands "clean", are now part of a holier-than-thou elite in the North, enjoying the trappings of power and, in some cases, dabbling in corruption facilitated by the new order, and;
thirdly, Fegan's discovery that many of the people he had been manipulated into killing, by the politicians who are now sharing power in the North, were, in fact, innocent.

This is the only novel I know, so far, that has examined the tension between the foot soldiers who got nothing, except remorse or bitterness, to show for their engagement and the higher-ups who gave them the orders and who are now, in some cases but not all, living high on the hog.

The low level people, like Gerry Fegan, who naively believed in 'the cause' and who had killed for it, even committing one murder when he was let out of the Maze for three days to attend his mother’s funeral, are now considered an embarrassment by the more sophisticated people who manipulated them.

One of the most poignant moments in the book is when the protagonist opens a cupboard in his deceased mother's home and finds a box containing all the letters he had sent her while he was in prison. Not one of them had been opened. That is one of the decisive moments that decides him to wreak revenge on the politicians who guided him into killing innocent people.

With reference to the question did Fegan consider himself a terrorist or a freedom fighter, I would say that he considered himself a freedom fighter. But the action described in the novel takes place because he discovers he had been nothing more than a terrorist tool in the hands of cynical men. Most of the novel was very believable, except for the end, in which the ‘hero’ sails off into the the setting sun. That was a bit of a disappointment.

This novel brought to mind another one, written by Sorj Chalandon. A French journalist, Chalandon worked in the North for the Libération daily newspaper back in the 1970s and 80s. A couple of years ago, he brought out a novel called ‘Mon Traître – My Traitor’. It describes how a naive and idealistic young French journalist, was manipulated into fingering IRA volunteers by a senior IRA man who, in fact turned out to be a long-time informer in the employment of MI5 and the Special Branch of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The traitor in Chalandon’s book is based on the character of Denis Donaldson. Before Donaldson was unmasked, in 2005, he had gotten close to some of the highest people in the IRA, like Gerry Adams. Contary to Gerry Fegan, the naive journalist in Chalandon’s book doesn’t set out to exact revenge on the people who used him, but the whole novel is haunted by his realization that a person he considered his friend had been a traitor who had hoodwinked him into sending to their deaths young IRA volunteers who had passed through his apartment in Paris. Donaldson was subsequently killed by a splinter group of the Provisional IRA.

If you wish to have more information about Denis Donaldson, you can find it on the Wikipedia page that has been written about him. Another despicable character of that time, who played a role similar to Donaldson's, was Stakeknife. He too has a wikipedia page.

A book brought out by Martin Dillon in 1999, The Dirty War, details the events that took place in Northern Ireland at the beginning of the 1970s. Dillon’s book doesn’t cover the more recent developments like the discoveries of the traitors Donaldson and Stakeknife and it would be useful to find a book that does address these issues.

A good description of what it was like in 1970s Belfast can also be found in the journalist Kevin Myers' autobiographical work : Watching the Door. ( )
  JohnJGaynard | Dec 31, 2018 |
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A crime novel that counts among the best brought out this calendar year... "The Ghosts of Belfast" would have been a superior effort had it been just about Fegan's struggle to assert his inner goodness in the face of larger evil, but its narrative power draws further strength from Neville's acute understanding of Northern Ireland's true state and how, in just a few short years, "the North had become the poor relation, the bastard child no one had the heart to send away."
 

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Published in the USA as The Ghosts of Belfast Published in the UK as The Twelve
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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 twelve 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.

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