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Fiction Vengeance by John Banville writing as Benjamin Black, published in hardback by Mantle, pounds 16.99. Available now. The story begins with the unexplained suicide of Ireland entrepreneur, Victor Delahaye.

After arranging a boat trip with his business partner's son, he pulls out a pistol and kills himself. But the bloodshed doesn't end there. Someone is out to wreak vengeance on those who knew Victor and his family and friends.

The Blake Street Boyz gang means everything to 15-year-old Jay and his friends, spending dinner times and evenings defending their turf, but his life takes a not-all Book Reviews The story unfolds through the eyes of the remaining family members of Victor and his business partner.

Detective Inspector Hackett wastes no time calling in consultant pathologist Quirke, who avid followers will recognise from previous tales.

Turf by John Lucas is published in paperback by Bodley Head, priced pounds 9.99. Available now.

together-unexpected turn when he has to prove himself to ruthless leader Shads in a bid to join the ranks of gang members.

What he doesn't expect is having to kill a rival boy for the privilege. Reeling, he calls his existence into question, fighting to understand how his life has turned out like this.

A poignant, gritty read, John Lucas's debut novel captures the brutal experience of gang culture.

8/10 (Review by Ben Major) The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch is published in hardback by Headline Review, priced pounds 16.99. Available now. Ada is the narrator of The Housemaid's Daughter. Growing up, Ada flourishes under the protection of Cathleen, her mother's Irish employer.

This charmed life is shattered when Ada falls pregnant with a mixed-race child, forcing her to flee the only family she has known.

The Housemaid's Daughter gives an intriguing insight into the gaping divide between black and white, rich and poor. …