cover image The Final Silence

The Final Silence

Stuart Neville. Soho Crime, $26.95 (352p) ISBN 978-1-61695-548-9

In Neville’s engrossing fourth mystery featuring Belfast Det. Insp. Jack Lennon (after 2011’s Stolen Goods), Rea Carlisle, while cleaning out a house she recently inherited from her uncle, finds a leather-bound book containing detailed descriptions of eight murders, along with fingernails and hair taken from the bodies of victims. Her father, a member of Northern Ireland’s parliament, the Stormont Assembly, fears for his political career, and forbids Rea to go to the authorities. Instead, Rea seeks unofficial help from Jack Lennon, who was once her lover, unaware that Lennon is facing suspension for shooting a fellow officer in Stolen Goods. Lennon’s tough new supervisor, Det. Chief Insp. Serena Flanagan, doesn’t trust him and tracks his activities closely. While investigating the revelations of the murder diary, as well as an old incriminating photo and a senseless murder, Lennon faces powerful enemies who threaten not just his career but also everything important to him. The action builds to a chilling conclusion. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Associates. (Oct.)