The Final Silence
By Stuart Neville
(Soho Crime, Hardcover, 9781616955489, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
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In Belfast, Northern Ireland, memories of the city’s troubled history haunt every street corner, but for one tortured soul, the incredible violence in his past is also his most cherished legacy.
Rea Carlisle—daughter of influential Stormont politician Graham 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 of the upstairs rooms remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers a chair, a table, and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with a host of chilling mementos—locks of hair, fingernails: a catalog of victims.
Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police, but her father intervenes. Graham Carlisle has worked too hard to have his brother’s twisted legacy ruin his promising political career. Thwarted by her father, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: disgraced police inspector Jack Lennon.
Meanwhile, Lennon finds himself the lead suspect in a murder investigation led by one of the force’s toughest cops, DCI Serena Flanagan. His implication in the murder, coupled with the story Rea has brought to him, leaves Lennon more than slightly suspicious that the two are part of a grisly conspiracy.
Stuart Neville is the author of Ratlines and three previous novels set in Belfast: Collusion, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Stolen Souls; and The Ghosts of Belfast, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Spinetingler Award for Best First Novel, and a finalist for the Macavity Award, the Barry Award, and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. He lives in Belfast.
Praise for The Final Silence
"Never forgets the human heart that beats inside the bleakest darkness."
"Superlative . . . A pulse-pounding crime novel from a master of the genre."
—Booklist, Starred Review
"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."
"[Nevillle's] novels tend to revolve around contemporary crimes that have their roots buried deep in Northern Ireland’s Troubles. The Final Silence is no exception, its 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."
—Declan Burke, The 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."
—The Spectator (UK)
"Neville's brutal plotting and ability to ratchet up the tension in almost every scene keep the pages turning until the chilling conclusion. A masterclass in the psycho-thriller genre."
—The Herald Scotland
“Engrossing . . . the action builds to a chilling conclusion.”
Praise for Stuart Neville
"Neville's novel is a coldly lucid assessment of the fragility of the Irish peace . . . a rare example of legitimate noir fiction."
—The New York Times Book Review
“An exceptional talent. Crime fiction doesn’t get much better.”
"The current master of neo-noir detective fiction."
"Stuart Neville belongs to a younger generation of writers for whom the region's darkest years are history—but that history endures."
"Neville's tightly wound, emotionally resonant account of an ex-IRA hit man's struggle to conquer his past displays an acute understanding of the true state of Northern Ireland."
—Los Angeles Times
"Complex fiction with a disturbing ring of truth."