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The Final Silence by Stuart Neville
The Final Silence by Stuart Neville
4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Silence, 17 Aug 2014
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34-year-old Rea Carlisle visits the Belfast house of Raymond Drew, the uncle she barely knew, shortly after his death. In it she discovers a kind of diary containing accounts of murderous events dating back decades. Rea's father, an ambitious politician and Raymond Drew's brother-in-law, refuses to let her take the book to the police for fear of what the revelations could mean for his career. So she turns to suspended cop Jack Lennon, who's still recovering from serious injuries suffered in previous escapades in this crime fiction series.

Lee Child calls it "exceptional", the Metro says it's "breathlessly paced", the Daily Mirror reckons Neville is "a master at work" and Val… Read more
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Secret Place by Tana French
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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In Tana French's fifth novel in the Dublin Murder Squad series, a murder has been committed on the grounds of St Kilda's private girls' high school, and over the course of just 15 hours main character Detective Stephen Moran - who normally specialises in cold cases - works for the first time alongside the tough and uncompromising Detective Antoinette Conway to find the killer. Half of the tale is told in the first-person (Moran) in the present day here-and-now, and all of the alternate chapters are told in the third-person in the months leading up to the killing a year earlier. Conway played the leading role at the time of the original police investigation but could not find so much as a… Read more
Redemption (Department Q 3) by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Redemption (Department Q 3) by Jussi Adler-Olsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Jussi read, 2 Aug 2014
This is the third in the Danish crime fiction series built mainly upon the characters of Detective Inspector Carl Mørck and his Syrian assistant Assad, who work cold/unsolved cases. I read the first one (Mercy) which I thought was very good, somehow missed the second one (Disgrace) but snapped this one up when I was looking for something decent to read. It did not disappoint, even if it was a bit long at over 600 pages.

The translator has been changed, I notice, from Tiina Nunnally - who is American and female - to Martin Aitken, who is Danish and male. It's three years since I read Mercy but I think the translation plays a strong part in Redemption's appeal, because much of the… Read more