Lies Of Silence Paperback – 19 Nov 1992
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"An armchair time bomb" (Mail on Sunday)
"This is a novel to mirror the disintegration of our times, the unstated irony of which is that a politics so provincial can breed a writer and an art so universal" (Observer)
"A gripping read which you will find impossible to put down" (Literary Review)
"Very much the thinking person's thriller - utterly tense and riveting, but also posing an acute moral dilemma for an ordinary person caught up in the troubled politics of Northern Ireland" (Daily Express)
"It insists on being read at a sitting, for it is imperative to know what happens next" (Financial Times)
A tremendously gripping and compulsive read, overshadowed by the dark threat of the IRA.See all Product Description
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In his sixteenth novel he addresses the way in which terrorism affects individual lives. The focus is on the IRA although a similar story could have involved UDA terrorists and members of the Protestant community. This is one of those books where to give much of the plot is to spoil the story for the reader. The main characters are Michael Dillon, a thirty-one year old manager of the Hotel Clarence in Belfast, his younger mistress Andrea, a Canadian working for BBC and his wife, Moira, a neurotic housewife who has suffered from an eating disorder.
An IRA group invade the Dillons’ home and order him to take a car filled with explosives to the Clarence and leave it close to a room where a rabid Protestant preacher is addressing a meeting of Canadian sympathisers and supporters. He is warned that Moira will be killed if he does not follow instructions.
The reader is plunged into the story and Moore increases the tension incrementally in a plot that moves between Ireland and London, and gives the reader many opportunities to muse on ‘What would I have done?’. Certainly this reader, thankfully never having experienced such a situation, considered that at various points he would have behaved differently to the main characters, but the alternatives presented by Moore were difficult and gut-wrenching.Read more ›
This marvellous thriller is deceptively simple in tone and plot, but it's real aim is to bring to the fore the ambivalence of ordinary Irish people to the paramilitary forces in Northern Ireland, in particular, the IRA. The choices made by Michael Dillon, and by his wife Moira encompass many of the moral dilemmas posed by the paramilitary forces. Groups of men who believe they have a just cause, but who drag people against their will into their dangerous milieu. Moira and Dillon react in very different ways, but everything is thrown into shadow by the deeply troubling final moments of this thoughtful and harrowing thriller.
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Made a very nice read. Suspense and interesting moral dilemma, it was very hard to put down before the end.Published on 16 Jun. 2013 by Imaya
Really good book. I read this when I was doing exams and wanted to buy it to read It again. Good as I rememberPublished on 15 April 2013 by Louise G
This is a tense psychological thriller published in 1990 and set in Belfast during the latest round of the Troubles. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2012 by John Fitzpatrick
This book has been criticised for not giving enough detail about the characters involved, but I actually found that this improved the book, as it allowed me to imagine myself in... Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2011 by Vicky
My son needed this text for 'A' level English. It arrived on time despite the snow and in excellent condition. My son says it was an excellent, 'edge of seat' read.Published on 14 Jan. 2011 by Als
If you read this book alone, it would be ok. However, if you read any of Moore's other works, it is incredibly disappointing. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2009 by JWA Drennan