debut novel, THE TWELVE (published in the USA as THE GHOSTS
OF BELFAST), won the Mystery/Thriller category of the Los Angeles
Times Book Prize, and was picked as one of the top crime novels of
2009 by both the New York Times and the LA Times. He has been
shortlisted for various awards, including the Barry, Macavity, Dilys
awards, as well as the Irish Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year. He
has twice been longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime
Novel of the Year.