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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?
“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
Praise for Stuart Neville
"Neville's novel is a coldly lucid assessment of the fragility of the Irish peace . . . a rare example of legitimate noir fiction."
—The New York Times Book Review
"Stuart Neville belongs to a younger generation of writers for whom the region's darkest years are history—but that history endures."
"Neville's tightly wound, emotionally resonant account of an ex-IRA hit man's struggle to conquer his past, displays an acute understanding of the true state of Northern Ireland."
—Los Angeles Times