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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
I read Ghosts of Belfast and enjoyed it so much that I immediately bought this book. I have to start by admitting that I was slightly disappointed: the main reason I had liked Ghosts of Belfast so much was because of Gerry's character and the nature of his vigilantism. I had hoped this book would have the same tone, but it does not, quite... sure, it is still an action thriller, and the main characters act outside the rules, but Lennon certainly is not Gerry. The setting is the same as book one, and includes quite a bit of Irish politics and I think a lot of the tension in the novel is based on these "Troubles". Being North American, I am not familiar with the setting, and likely did not appreciate the situation as much as I would have if I were familiar with this background (i.e. Lennon being a Catholic cop seems to be a "bad" thing for his generation, but I am not sure why, exactly). Anyway, there is just enough of Gerry in the story for the author to be able to add Gerry's name to the blurb. This story is really about Lennon, and Bull needing to get revenge for being injured in book one. There is a lot of violence, perhaps a bit more violence than in book one, believe it or not, but for the most part it is not gory, and fits the story. The 'bad guy' here, though, is a bit too much... he is a step more powerful, stronger, faster, etc, than even Gerry was and, since this is not supposed to have a supernatural tone to it, it was perhaps just a bit too much... nobody is that perfect, especially when they are so badly injured that most people wouldn't be able to defeat their great grannies in a fight. All in all though? It is a fast paced action thriller where the bad guys get their just desserts in the end - sorta. I will read the next in the series, but I really do miss Gerry as the star of these novels.
Review: Collusion (Jack Lennon Investigations #2)User Review - Goodreads
This is a fast paced tale that follows on from The Ghosts of Belfast. Gerry Fagen is compelled to return from America to save Ellen - the child of DI Lennon and Marie McKenna. Again, Ellen and Marie ...