Northern Irish Crime Fiction

  • Brian Cliff
Part of the Crime Files book series (CF)


The critical discussion of Ireland and crime fiction has often focused on Troubles thrillers, primarily novels from the 1970s and 1980s, habitually derided as ‘Troubles trash,' relatively little of which was domestically produced. Those discussions allow the chapter to consider the existing critical discourse around the genre in Ireland, providing a point of reference for later chapters. Although it addresses the roles played by groundbreaking authors like Colin Bateman and Eoin McNamee, the chapter focuses on work by Stuart Neville, Claire McGowan, Brian McGilloway, and Adrian McKinty. All of these writers have opened the genre’s potential in Northern Ireland through narratives that hinge on matters as varied as human trafficking, abortion, economic despair, revenge and justice, corporate conspiracies and corruption, spies, and ghosts.


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  • Brian Cliff
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  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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