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The Silent Dead (Paula Maguire 3): An Irish crime thriller of danger, death and justice

Claire McGowan

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Crime & mystery

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire returns in The Silent Dead, the third in Claire McGowan's hard-hitting crime series. Peter James calls it 'astonishing, powerful and immensely satisfying'. When a group of suspected bombers start turning up dead, Paula is faced with a challenging case with blurred moral boundaries between victim and perpetrator.

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.

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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Praise for The Silent Dead (Paula Maguire 3): An Irish crime thriller of danger, death and justice

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Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland and now lives in London, where she runs an MA in creative writing at City University. THE KILLING HOUSE is Claire's seventh crime novel, and the sixth in the highly-acclaimed Paula Maguire series. She also writes women's fiction as Eva Woods.

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