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LAST RITES by [White, Neil]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 862 KB
  • Print Length: 531 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (30 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007322720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007322725
  • ASIN: B002RI9AQI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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By Reviewify.co.uk HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 4 Feb. 2014
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After discovering Neil White I've worked my way through all his books and have enjoyed them all. The Jack and Laura dynamic are excellent and the story is fresh. If you've not read earlier books I recommend checking them out first, although there isn't an overall story arch it'll help you get to know the characters.
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Neil White writes some of the most gruesome detective novels I've read in some time, but it is always to make a brilliant story. His plots are a maze of twists and turns, and always with the main characters in danger towards the end as they struggle to solve the crime. Excellent as always.
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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 May 2010
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For me this was a brilliant read that I simply could not put down. I would highly recommend reading Fallen Idols and Lost Souls before reading this if you want to get the full effect of the story and a proper feeling for the main characters. The story moved along well. Some of the descriptions may not be for the faint hearted, but for me that added to the fear you felt for Sarah and the urgency to turn the next page and discover her fate. As with all of Mr White's novels, it left me wanting more, and I am looking forward to the next in the series out soon.
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By O E J 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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Stayed up very late to finish this very I testing book. Love this Author. Delivers another good story and interesting
characters. Set in the Lancashire Pendle Hill countryside. Famous for the Pendle Witches. A reporter and a police
officer in a relationship plus a murder mystery or mysteries. Enjoy it as much as I did.
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