Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn’t take her long to clear out the dead man’s remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open she discovers inside a chair, a table – and a leather-bound book. Inside its pages are locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims.
Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but when her family intervene, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: DI Jack Lennon. But Lennon is facing his own problems. Suspended from the force and hounded by DCI Serena Flanagan, the toughest cop he’s ever faced, Lennon must unlock the secrets of a dead man’s terrifying journal.
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What makes Stuart Neville so special is that he never forgets the human heart that beats inside the bleakest darkness - Val McDermid
This pacey, exciting thriller is Neville's best yet - Sunday Mirror
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
Crisply written and fast-moving, the novel has a brutal honesty that confirms Neville's place in the first division of crime writers - Spectator
Stuart Neville's first novel, The Twelve, was one of the most critically acclaimed crime debuts of recent years. It was selected as one of the top crime novels of the year by the New York Times and it won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best thriller. His novels, Collusion, Stolen Souls and Ratlines (shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year) have garnered widespread praise and confirmed his position as one of the most exciting new crime authors writing today.