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
Praise for The Final SilenceNominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel
December 2014 Indie Next List
"Never forgets the human heart that beats inside the bleakest darkness."—Val McDermid
"Like dispatches from a war zone—terse prose, dark thoughts, raw feelings . . . A more formal mystery than Neville's previous ones, its characters remain possessed by Belfast's old, familiar ghosts."—The New York Times Book Review
"The critics are already calling Stuart Neville 'the king of neo-noir' and the shoe fits. If you loved Ratlines
(and I did), you will adore The Final Silence
, set again in Belfast with a plot so strange, tight and compelling, you won’t be able to put the book down."—The Globe and Mail
"Excellent . . . Neville has no end of tricks up his sleeve." —Toronto Star
"Deftly plotted, fast paced and the denouement packs a real punch."—The Guardian
"A great thriller . . . [Neville] has created a strange and fresh story that will have readers perched on the edge of their seats."—Suspense Magazine
"Uncompromisingly noir accounts of a city where the legacy of The Troubles refuses to go away."—Reviewing the Evidence
"Classic noir."—Deadly Diversions
"Superlative . . . A pulse-pounding crime novel from a master of the genre."—Booklist, Starred Review
"This is the fourth Lennon tale with the shadow of Northern Ireland’s past bloody sectarian violence, the Troubles, still hanging over all . . . Alternating points of view reveal the horrifying mind of the killer as well as the hate and suspicion that remain years after peace has been declared . . . [A] highly regarded series."—Library Journal
"Gripping from start to finish . . . Neville's economical yet nuanced prose style drives the plot forward at breakneck speed while building complex characters with the deftness that defines a thriller writer at the top of his game."—Irish Independent
"[Nevillle's] novels tend to revolve around contemporary crimes that have their roots buried deep in Northern Ireland’s Troubles. The Final Silence
is no exception, its succinct and pacy storytelling stretched taut across a morass of unresolved tensions and motives for murder that don’t necessarily fit the prevailing post-peace process narrative."—Declan Burke, The Irish Times
"Crisply written and fast-moving, the novel has a brutal honesty that confirms Neville’s place in the first division of crime writers."—The Spectator (UK)
"Neville's brutal plotting and ability to ratchet up the tension in almost every scene keep the pages turning until the chilling conclusion. A masterclass in the psycho-thriller genre."—The Herald Scotland
“Engrossing . . . the action builds to a chilling conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly
"Neville's gritty tale sets a man barely holding on to his personal worth loose in a city still recovering from the Troubles." —Kirkus ReviewsPraise 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
“An exceptional talent. Crime fiction doesn’t get much better.” —Lee Child
"The current master of neo-noir detective fiction."
"Stuart Neville belongs to a younger generation of writers for whom the region's darkest years are history—but that history endures."—Washington Post
"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
"Complex fiction with a disturbing ring of truth."