Martin Dillon

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This article is about the author and journalist. For the musician, operatic tenor, and professor of music, see Martin Dillon (musician).

Martin Dillon (born 1949) is an author and journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He worked for eighteen years at the BBC and has written plays and novels, but is best known for his non-fiction books about "the Troubles". He has written books about the loyalist paramilitary Michael Stone and Special Air Service founder Paddy Mayne.

Aside from his non-fiction works, he has written screenplays and two novels, including The Serpent's Tail, rooted in the Troubles. A screenplay based on that novel won a European Script Fund Award. He continues to give interviews about terrorism to radio and television networks worldwide. His last work was Stones Don't Die.[1]


  • The Shankill Butchers (ISBN 978-0099738107)
  • The Trigger Men
  • The Assassination of Robert Maxwell: Israel's Superspy
  • Stone Cold: The True Story of Michael Stone and the Milltown Massacre
  • The Dirty War
  • Rogue Warrior of the SAS: The Blair Mayne Legend
  • God and the Gun: The Church and Irish Terrorism


  1. ^ Martin Dillon webpage; accessed 12 February 2017.