Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Unabridged‪)‬

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the author of Empire of Pain—a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions

"Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972. In this meticulously reported book—as finely paced as a novel—Keefe uses McConville's murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga." —New York Times Book Review

Jean McConville's abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.

Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders.

From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past--Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.

Look for Patrick Radden Keefe's latest bestseller, Empire of Pain

Matthew Blaney
hr min
February 26
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Brendan.Ronan ,

The Ghosts of Belfast

An incredible recounting of the horrors experienced in Northern Ireland.

The past is not the past in Northern Ireland. The present-day remains haunted by the ghosts of the victims of the Troubles amidst a culture of silence and sectarianism.

Filled with emotional first hand testimony, the book offers insight many questions relevant to traumatized post-conflict countries.

How do normal people end up entrenched in guerilla warfare?

How do societies spiral out of control and collapse into political violence?

When the violence fades, how do the same people reckon with the atrocities they committed, especially when there is no victor?

Finally, what is the path of justice when it is time for peace?

steve yellen ,

Say Nothing

I now realize that I love reading narrative non fiction. I traveled to Belfast in 1984 and never understood where I was until I read this book.
Thank you Patrick Radden Keefe!
Steve Yellen
El Paso

Objective Outlier viewpoint ,

Mesmerizing voice

Captivating storytelling via Irish voices.

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