Northern Heist

Northern Heist

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A fast-paced, suspenseful thriller based on one of the biggest (and still unsolved) bank-robberies in history, written by a former IRA bank robber.

Nobody robs banks in Belfast without the IRA getting a cut -- not even former Provo James 'Ructions' O'Hare. But when word gets around O'Hare may be up to something, the pressure from the IRA begins.

Ructions' trusts his crack squad of former paramilitary compadres, and has full confidence in his audacious plan: To literally empty the biggest bank in Belfast by kidnapping the families of two employees - known as a "tiger" kidnapping -- in order to force them to help Ructions and his crew get into the bank's vault.

But keeping the plan -- and the money -- from the IRA is another plan entirely, one requiring all Ruction's cunning and skill.

In this stunning debut novel, as audacious and well-executed as Ructions' plan to rob the National Bank itself, Richard O'Rawe -- a former IRA bank robber himself - unleashes a story that will shock, surprise and thrill as he takes you on a white-knuckle ride through Belfast's criminal underbelly. Enter the deadly world of tiger kidnappings, kangaroo courts, money laundering, drug deals and double-crosses.

Title:Northern Heist
ISBN:9781612199030
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    Northern Heist Reviews

  • James

    On 20thDecember 2004, a gang of robbers ripped off the Donegal Square West Headquarters of Northern Bank in Belfast, netting approximately £26.5 million in Sterling and other currencies. This was the...

  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    NORTHERN HEIST almost got past me. I’m glad it didn’t. Author Richard O’Rawe is a former operative for the Provisional Irish Republican Army (“IRA”) and did some hard prison time for a bank ...

  • Angie Boyter

    My rating reflects my personal reaction to the book. Other types of readers will enjoy it more.I love a good thriller, especially one with an interesting setting in which I can learn something about a...

  • Mary Crawford

    This is a fictional account of a real life bank robbery carried out in Belfast in 2004. It was believed but never proven that the IRA were behind the robbery. The author details the tiger kidnapping o...

  • Nick

    This book caught my attention for two reasons. First, being presented as a fictional account of a real-life unsolved bank robbery which took place in Belfast in 2004, I thought it would provide an int...

  • Paul Narloch

    Good easy read but at times struggled to ascertain who main character was. I also struggled to remember main characters unusual nicknames. ...

  • Martin

    First off, this is my favorite fiction read of 2018, and may be my favorite book alltogether of 2018.second, this is easily the best heist/robbery novel I've ever read. And the details of the robbery ...

  • Bookreporter.com Historical Fiction

    NORTHERN HEIST almost got past me. I’m glad it didn’t. Author Richard O’Rawe is a former operative for the Provisional Irish Republican Army (“IRA”) and did some hard prison time for a bank ...

  • Gary Donnelly

    Ricky O’Rawe’s first crime thriller is a bit of an animal. Lean, muscular and razor-clawed, Northern Heist tells the story of a fictional high stakes bank robbery in Belfast in 2004, but clearly a...

  • John McKenna

    Northern Heist takes place in 2004, when a former IRA heavyweight and expert bank robber named James “Ructions” O’Hare comes up with a plan to steal truckloads of cash from the National Bank on ...