Rea Carlisle is a young woman who inherits a house from an uncle
she didn't know. As she prepares for move-in, she finds one locked
room... and no key. When she finally forces it open, she finds a
table, chair and an old leather-bound book. Inside the book are
photos of people unknown to her, fingernails and snippets of hair.
Unable to convince her politician father to allow her to take the
book to the police, she calls the one policeman she thinks can help
her -- Police Inspector John Lennon. But, Lennon has found himself
suspended from the police force...being the prime suspect in a murder
investigation. Can he clear his name, and also help Rea? And, are the
two incidents somehow related?
December 2014 Indie Next List
“Rea Carlisle inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. In it was a locked room, and when she forced open the door what she found terrified her -- a book detailing the murders of a variety of people over a period of many years. After attempts to investigate were thwarted by her father, Rea reached out to the only policeman she knew, disgraced inspector Jack Lennon. When Lennon arrived, he found Rea dead, and he quickly became the number one suspect in her murder. What follows is a harrowing investigation that pulls down Rea's father, a local politician with ties to the IRA -- ties that lead directly to a serial killer who will keep killing until he gets what he wants.”
— Janice Hunsche, Kaleidosaurus Books, Fishers, IN
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, memories of the city's troubled history haunt every street corner, but for one tortured soul, the incredible violence in his past is also his most cherished legacy. Rea Carlisle, daughter of influential Northern Irish politician Graham Carlisle, has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's possessions, but when Rea forces open a locked room, she finds a leather-bound book. Tucked in its pages are fingernails and locks of hair: a catalog of victims. Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police, but her father intervenes--he's worked too hard to have his brother's twisted legacy ruin his promising political career. Thwarted by her father, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: disgraced police inspector Jack Lennon. Meanwhile, Lennon finds himself the lead suspect in a murder investigation led by one of the force's toughest cops, DCI Serena Flanagan. His implication in the murder, coupled with the story Rea has brought to him, leaves Lennon more than slightly suspicious that the two are part of a grisly conspiracy. From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Stuart Neville is the author of four previous books: Ratlines, shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller; Collusion, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Stolen Souls, and The Ghosts of Belfast, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the Macavity Award, the Barry Award, and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. He lives in Belfast. From the Hardcover edition.