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Book review: 'Stolen Souls,' top-notch Irish crime fiction
Book review: 'Stolen Souls,' top-notch Irish crime fiction

The Irish crime-fiction wave rises to new heights with Stuart Neville's third novel, the tight, telescopic thriller "Stolen Souls." The writing here is mature and assured: There are no extraneous words or characters, no discussion of Northern Ireland's long and sorrowful "Troubles." We are beyond politics, beyond the Celtic Tiger and its financial meltdown, mired in a crumbling 21st century Belfast wasteland where Lithuanian gangs bed down with Ulster Loyalists and Republicans as law enforcement looks the other way. And in this world, there is only a girl on the run. The bad guys chasing her. The worse guy waiting with duct tape and pliers. The flawed cop....

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