Northern Heist


Ricky O’Rawe

September 2018

Northern Heist is a roller-coaster bank robbery thriller with twists and turns from beginning to end.


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‘This was an IRA job, a Provisional IRA job, which would have been known to the Provisional leadership.’
Bertie Ahearn, Irish Taoiseach, December 2004.

Or so Bertie thought…but James ‘Ructions’ O’Hare is no ‘RA man. Ructions O’Hare is no small-time, two-bit thief. When Ructions put together a crack team to rob The National Bank in Belfast in November 2004, even he didn’t realise he was about to carry off one of the biggest bank heists in British and Irish history.

And he’ll be damned if the Provos are getting a slice of it.

In Ricky O’Rawe’s stunning debut novel, as audacious and well executed as Ructions’ plan to rob the National Bank itself, a new voice in Irish crime writing has been unleashed that will shock, surprise and thrill as he takes you on a white-knuckle ride through Belfast and Dublin’s criminal under-belly. Enter the deadly world of tiger kidnappings, kangaroo courts, money laundering, drug deals and double-crosses.

Northern Heist is a roller-coaster bank robbery thriller with twists and turns from beginning to end.

About the Author

Richard O’Rawe is a convicted IRA bank robber, a former Irish republican prisoner and was a leading figure in the 1981 H-Block Hunger Strike. He is the author of the best-selling books Blanketmen: An Untold Story of the H-Block Hunger Strike, Afterlives: The Hunger Strike and the Secret Offer that Changed Irish History, and In the Name of the Son: The Gerry Conlon Story.

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300 pp