By John Steele
Praise for Ravenhill:
‘A cracking fast-paced thriller’ (Colin Bateman)
‘Spectacular – a taut, intelligent thriller that ranks as the best Belfast thriller since Harry’s Game by Gerald Seymour. A dazzling crime debut that gets deep inside the surface of Belfast to tell a tale of love, blood and the children of the Troubles.’ (Tony Parsons)
‘Tense, unsparing, compassionate and exceptionally well-written, this brilliant thriller brings vividly to life east Belfast in war and peace’ (Ruth Dudley Edwards)
‘The up-close violence is stomach-churning, the sense of menace under the “peace” agreement is palpable, and Jackie is faced with a dilemma that fuels a cracking plot.’ The Times and Sunday Times Crime Club
Belfast, 1993: Jackie Shaw is a young tearaway running with paramilitaries in Belfast. He treads a fine line keeping psychotic hard-man Rab Simpson in check while sleeping with gang leader Billy Tyrie’s beautiful wife on the side. When a bomb claims nine lives, he is given the role of getaway driver in a planned reprisal killing, a key role in a major operation. But Jackie may not be who he seems…
Twenty years later, Jackie returns to the city for his father’s funeral after disappearing in mysterious circumstances. He wants to mourn then leave, but when figures from his past emerge, he is left with no choice but to revisit his violent former life.
The first in the Jackie Shaw series, Ravenhill is a stunning début novel from a brilliant new voice in crime fiction.