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Joey O'Callaghan was just 18 years old when he became a ghost - the youngest ever person to be signed up to the Witness Protection Programme.

Groomed into a drug gang from the age of 10, a cold-blooded assassination sickened him to his core, and he broke the golden bond of gangland silence. His evidence won murder convictions against two of the most violent drug bosses in Ireland. Relocated to England with a new identity, Joey had to face the world alone, and soon realised it was he who had received the life sentence. 15 years on, the ripple effects of the gunshots that rang out that night continue to leave a devastating legacy for everyone. None more so than Joey 'The Lips'. This is his story.

©2020 Nicola Tallant (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Gritty, terrifying and the most incredible true gangland story you will ever read. The Witness is hard to put down but will be harder to forget." (Donal Macintyre)

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  • 06-08-2021

Stunning

Gripping throughout, this memoir reads like a thriller. And what a story it is. After years of sickening abuse and betrayal at the hands of his criminal “mentor” Joey O’Callahan answered the call of his conscience and paid a terrible price. Beautifully read in a whispery, understated Dublin brogue by Charlie Kelly, “The Witness” brings to mind the equally brilliant “Say Nothing” but really is in a class by itself. One of the most moving crime memoirs I’ve ever read. Left me breathless.

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  • 22-07-2021

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Massive love and hugs to you Joey. You are a very brave and good man and deserve a happy and peaceful life ahead xxx

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  • Sarah Hannon
  • 06-09-2021

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Disgusting the way Joseph was treated by the Gardai. Glad he is getting to tell the truth

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  • 15-08-2021

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Aw what a story , I listened to it all in one day . Amazing strength you have & what you went through is unbearable but you came through it & I wish you all the best for your future 👍🏼

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  • Belinda R.
  • 01-08-2021

Brilliant

I listened to this over 3 days… It was brilliant, what a horrible life and existence.

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