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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847560199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847560193
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil White was born and brought up around West Yorkshire. He left school at sixteen but studied for a law degree in his twenties, then started writing in 1994. He is now a lawyer by day, crime fiction writer by night. He lives with his wife and three children in Preston.

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Praise for Neil White:

‘Fallen Idols has been hailed as a stunning debut’.
The Blackpool Gazette

‘Fallen Idols…has all the hallmarks of a great read for crime-thriller fans with celebrity killings, conspiracies, revenge and even a hint of romance’.
The Weekly News

’… a whirlwind of a novel…a serious contender to match the giants of the crime fiction world’
Crimesquad.com

‘Superbly paced, with firmly grounded dialogue and a believeable cast of characters, this subtle page-turner lingers long in the mind.
Lancashire Evening Post

‘Neil White is taking the crime thriller market by storm. Last Rites teems with menace, and the action builds to a terrific climax.’
Lancashire Evening Post

‘Enough originality and suspense to make this a good read.’
South Wales Argus

About the Author

Born above a shoe shop in the mid-1960s, Neil spent most of his childhood in Wakefield in West Yorkshire as his father pursued a career in the shoe trade. This took Neil to Bridlington in his teens, where he failed all his exams and discovered that doing nothing soon turns into long-term unemployment. Re-inventing himself, Neil returned to education in his 20s, qualified as a solicitor when he was 30, and now spends his days in the courtroom and his evenings writing crime fiction


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By laineyf TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2009
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'Last Rites' is excellent. It is set in Lancashire, and tells the story of Jack Garrett, a reporter, and his partner Laura, a police officer originally based in London. but who has moved to Lancashire with her son Bobby, to be with Jack. Laura is an ambitious Police Officer, who has taken a backward step career-wise in moving to Lancashire, and is embroiled in a custody battle with her ex, over her son. She and Jack are going through a very strained patch in their relationship, and things get worse when a local woman, Sarah, apparently murders her lover, and then runs away. Jack becomes involved with the case, and all is not as it seems. There is murder, mystery, witchcraft, legend, truth, fiction,and horror all contained within the book, and it draws on the legend of the Pendle Witches. I found it to be very gripping, entirely feasible, and thoroughly horrifying - in the fact that it is very realistic, and the plot was brilliant, I thought. A brilliantly good read, and highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Thomson on 17 Aug 2011
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The Garrett/McGinity duo are in the thick of it once again, in another story of murder and general mayhem from the pen..or laptop..of this impressive new name in UK crime fiction. Once again, Neil White has woven a truly imaginative but highly credible storyline, set against the background of Pendle Hill and its factual history in witchcraft.
This is another book that is difficult to put down once you've started, and I read it in well under 48 hours. There are times when a strong stomach is needed to cope with the very graphic narrative, and I have to confess that I found the rather gory actions of the hero during the novel's final scenes to be slightly out of character and even somewhat gratuitous.
But this series just gets stronger and stronger as the author develops his main characters. This is number 3 out of the 5 published so far, and I feel sure that the series will go on and on for many years yet.
Don't even think about living in Blackley...it has more murders than Midsomer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct 2009
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Lancashire crime fiction involving primarily serial murder but with a fair old chunk of witchcraft thrown into the cauldron. A local newspaper reporter after a juicy story searches for a woman apparently on the run after the murder of her boyfriend. The woman, a young schoolteacher, is prime suspect as far as the police are concerned but central character Jack Garrett develops a suspicion that all might not be as it seems; he eventually becomes deeply and dangerously involved, and somewhat improbably - yet equally predictably - gets so far ahead of the police in their own investigation that he gets invited to assist them in exchange for his delaying any details in the paper.

Neil White is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS, and although this is his third novel he must presumably be considered a part-time writer - and it shows. In spite of an interesting plot and story, and reasonable character development, the finished product felt rather lightweight to me, not lacking in authenticity but thanks mainly to rather simplified prose the lasting impression was one of forgettableness. It didn't start out that way, indeed the early signs were quite promising and some of the story's twists and turns were not expected. I think the main culprit was the ending, which failed to answer the tantalising question on the front cover 'What do you see in your dying moments?' and more importantly was rather poorly executed. There was a gaping error right at the very end, one that had me almost shouting at the pages in frustration; it cannot be specified here but I was left wondering how on earth the writer and his editor missed it.

Some stories start out mediocre and are rescued by a great conclusion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Aug 2009
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An enjoyable thriller which avoids falling into the clichés contained in so many books of its type. The plot was gripping and the book portrayed the idiosyncrasies of the characters and locations in a believable fashion. The book blends history and current events seamlessly and draws the reader into both plotlines, which come together in a harrowing and unexpected fashion towards the end.
However, although it is possible to read this book as a standalone novel, some of the subplots do not make particular sense coming to the book `cold' - it is obvious this is a sequel, and this did reduce my enjoyment slightly until I realised what was going on.
If you enjoy TV programmes such as Waking the Dead, you should enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Thompson VINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2009
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I enjoyed this thriller from Neil White. It contains enough drama to keep you engaged, and enough suspense to keep you reading. Not bad in a book set in the bleak Lancashire villages in October. With hints of misdeeds going back to the Pendle Witches, the story itself, whilst using this as a backdrop, turns out to be not quite so complex, but just as intriguing. In its telling we learn quite a bit about the area and not a little about human nature. My one concern was the ending which felt a little rushed, maybe some slackness in the middle part made it feel that way. But some good twists and quite a few shocks, including at least one very gruesome murder make for a good read.
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