Stuart Neville, “the current master of neo-noir detective fiction” (Boston Globe), is back with a chilling new thriller
Belfast, Northern Ireland: Rea Carlisle has inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. It doesn't take her long to clear out the dead man's remaining possessions, but one room remains stubbornly locked. When Rea finally forces it open, she discovers inside a chair, a table—and a leather-bound book, its pages filled with locks of hair, fingernails: a catalogue of victims.
Horrified, Rea wants to go straight to the police but her family intervenes, fearing that scandal will mar her politician father's public image. Rea turns to the only person she can think of: disgraced police inspector Jack Lennon. He is facing suspension from the force and his new supervisor, DCI Serena Flanagan, is the toughest cop he's ever met. But a gruesome murder brings the dead man's terrifying journal to the top of the Belfast police's priority list.
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.