The Traveller and Other Stories
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What to expect
‘Stuart Neville writes crime fiction that is edgy, compelling and always deeply humane’ Mark Billingham
Bringing together thirteen unsettling tales from one of Northern Ireland’s bestselling crime authors, The Traveller & Other Stories (re)introduces readers to characters who have haunted the pages of Stuart Neville’s novels. With a Foreword by John Connolly, The Traveller & Other Stories is the perfect read for dark nights.
Stuart Neville is a writer known for shining an unflinching light on his home country and its people. Ireland – north and south – in Neville’s hands, is a land haunted by ghosts, both real and imagined. This collection is divided into two parts: New Monsters and Old Friends. And many of the characters from Stuart’s novels, like Gerry Fegan from The Twelve, can be found haunting these pages. Childhood, innocence, guilt and redemption are all themes that are represented in Stuart’s novels and in this collection, as John Connolly puts in his Foreword, ‘here are monsters, both human and non-human. Here are hauntings, real or imagined. Here are old friends and older fiends.’
Stuart’s pleasure in the short story is evidenced in these tales, culminating in the previously unpublished novella, ‘The Traveller’, which sees Jack Lennon (from The Final Silence) and his daughter Ellen McKenna, pitted against the unnamed assassin who is targeting them. This is a collection of stories covering a decade of the author’s writings and, as Connolly says, is ‘the work of a prodigiously talented writer’.
This is Irish noir at its best.
‘Not to be missed’ Publishers Weekly, starred review
[A] splendid collection . . . Each entry turns on an unexpected ending. This chilling assortment of Northern Irish noir is not to be missedPublishers Weekly, starred review
Irish noir done to a turn, with just enough tearful sentiment to turn the screws tighterKirkus review
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