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Rea Carlisle inherits a house from an uncle she never knew – and with it a leather-bound book containing fingernails, locks of hair and a list of victims. A grisly family secret
Horrified, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: old flame DI Jack Lennon. But Lennon has his own troubles, and they only get worse when a brutal murder places him in the crosshairs of DCI Serena Flanagan.
A killer with nothing left to lose
Hounded by a police force that doesn’t trust him, it’s up to Lennon to unravel the secrets of the dead man’s journal and a conspiracy that’s stayed buried for decades.
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Gripping from start to finish. Neville's economical yet nuanced prose style drives the plot forward at breakneck speed while building complex characters with the deftness that defines a thriller writer at the top of his game - Sunday Independent
Deftly plotted, fast paced and the denouement packs a real punch - Guardian
This pacey, exciting thriller is Neville's best yet - Sunday Mirror
Crisply written and fast-moving, the novel has a brutal honesty that confirms Neville's place in the first division of crime writers - Spectator
Crime fiction doesn't get much better - Lee Child
What makes Stuart Neville so special is that he never forgets the human heart that beats inside the bleakest darkness - Val McDermid
Succinct and pacy storytelling stretched taut across a morass of unresolved tensions and motives for murder that don’t necessarily fit the prevailing post-peace process narrative. Lennon could well serve as a poster boy for conflict resolution, a deeply flawed man who has in the past been his own worst enemy and is now battered and scarred, physically and emotionally, as he pursues truth and justice by any means necessary - Irish Times
This is crime fiction right out of the top drawer. The dialogue throughout the book snaps and jitters with electricity, and as the climax unfolds nothing will be able to make you put the book down. The elements of pity, humanity and compassion are never far under the swirling surface action of this novel, and it will certainly be put on my ‘best of 2014' shelf - Crimefictionlover
Neville is back with a bang… Just as captivating as the previous novels… I loved everything about the book - Ulster Tatler
Neville, who was heaped with praise for his first book, has managed to keep the good stuff coming, and his new novel shows no sign of a dip in performance - Sunday Business Post
With a sure grasp of the mechanics of suspense, Neville’s real coup is his multifaceted and conflicted protagonists - Good Book Guide
About the Author
Stuart Neville’s first novel, The Twelve, was one of the most critically acclaimed crime debuts of recent years, winning theLos Angeles Times Book Prize for best thriller. Collusion, Stolen Souls, Ratlines (shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger) and The Final Silence have garnered widespread praise, confirming his position as one of the most exciting crime authors writing today.