The Silent Dead (Paula Maguire)

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9781472204400: The Silent Dead (Paula Maguire)

The third in the crime series featuring forensic psychologist Paula Maguire by Claire McGowan acclaimed as 'Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell' by Ken Bruen.

Victim: Male. Mid-thirties. 5'7".
Cause of death: Hanging. Initial impression - murder.
ID: Mickey Doyle. Suspected terrorist and member of the Mayday Five.

The officers at the crime scene know exactly who the victim is.
Doyle was one of five suspected bombers who caused the deaths of sixteen people.

The remaining four are also missing and when a second body is found, decapitated, it's clear they are being killed by the same methods their victims suffered.

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire is assigned the case but she is up against the clock - both personally and professionally.

With moral boundaries blurred between victim and perpetrator, will be Paula be able to find those responsible? After all, even killers deserve justice, don't they?

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About the Author:

Claire McGowan is the former director of the Crime Writers' Association and the author of the Paula Maguire series, which has been optioned for TV by BBC Drama.


Claire McGowan's Paula Maguire series goes from strength to strength, with each book more gripping and moving than the last. I read The Silent Dead with my heart in my mouth; it's a searing portrait of post-Troubles Northern Ireland, and a brilliant examination of the burdens our children carry for us. I can't wait for the next instalment

Astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying

A knockout new talent

A compelling and flawless thriller


McGowan...knows how to tell a cracking story. She will go far―Daily Mail

Ireland's answer to Ruth Rendell

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