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The Final Silence

(Jack Lennon #4)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,450 ratings  ·  211 reviews
A dead man’s legacy

Rea Carlisle inherits a house from an uncle she never knew – and with it a leather-bound book containing fingernails, locks of hair and a list of victims.

A grisly family secret

Horrified, Rea turns to the only person she can think of: old flame DI Jack Lennon. But Lennon has his own troubles, and they only get worse when a brutal murder places him in the
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2015 by Vintage (first published June 5th 2014)
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James Thane
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is the fourth book in Stuart Neville's excellent series which is set in Belfast in the long and complicated shadows of "The Troubles." It opens with the death, by natural causes, of a haunted man named Raymond Drew. Raymond knew he was dying and indeed was anxious to go, but he did not have either the strength or the will to first clean out the secrets that are hiding behind a locked door in the house he left behind.

The house is inherited by his sister, Ida Carlisle, the wife of an ambitiou
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I gave this one three stars. It’s a strong three stars though.

I didn’t realize that this was the fourth book in a series. I have a feeling that there were too many spoilers contained in this book for earlier novels for me to go back and really enjoy them. This is kind of a shame. So maybe as a warning to others, this isn’t the best book of Stuart Neville to start with. I should have done more research instead of just taking this book from a stack of free books in my apartment and deciding to re
This is a solid thriller although I didn't feel it was quite as strong as some of the previous books featuring D I Jack Lennon. In this story Jack Lennon continues to fight his inner demons all the while attempting to solve the murder of a past girlfriend Rea Carlisle.

It's been a while since I read the previous Jack Lennon story but there was enough backstory relating to the previous book to jog my memory. This author is one of my favourites, and I aways enjoy his Irish thrillers There is a stro
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think my Goodreads friend Robert said it perfectly in just three words, compassionate and dark. For me, this is Neville's best book since his brilliant "Ghosts of Belfast." Lennon is the ultimate anti-hero, maybe the best since The Ginger Man, and way above...or below...the usual beaten down cop. The secondary characters are beautifully drawn, whether good or bad...and the first third of the book that sets the plot is quite absorbing and original. After a series of good reads, this was the one ...more
While this series overall is great, this was not quite up to par. The plot had a couple of my least favorite elements and the main character was even harder to like than usual. However, in the end, everything seemed to come together and the audio narration by Gerard Doyle was excellent as usual.
Susan Johnson
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rea inherits a house from an uncle she barely knew. There she makes a discovery so explosive it would have a horrible impact on her father's political career. She calls her former lover, Jack Lennon, for help. Lennon is dealing with problems of his own. He is off the force, disgraced, and living with a girlfriend and his daughter. That relationship is quite rocky so he doesn't really have the patience to listen to Rea's fears. His mistake. Rea is found dead and Lennon won't stop until he finds h ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016-shortlist
Onto the final (?) chapter whilst its all still in the noodle....... (I think!)

DI Jack Lennon is his name, he of the series titled although not appearing until the second book as a by product of the first case involving Gerry Fagan who was the real star of the series for me. Much to like in the early going as its fast paced & the style pulls you forward into the story/plot, then before you know it yer turning the final few chapters. Its crime fiction so no spoilers or clues in this review bu
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot express how much I love this authors writing. I was blown away by his first book The Twelve, and each of his books since have lived up to the promise shown in his debut. I really think you must read all the books in order to get a sense of the main character Jack Lennon, although in The Twelve he was not the main character, but the books have followed his progress since. All set in Ireland and all "Fast furious and good" to quote Ian Rankin.
Gloria Feit
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Neville’s fourth and newest book to take place in Belfast, Northern Ireland, seldom lets the reader forget the history of that place, after the time of “the Troubles” and its history of paramilitary groups that proliferated at that time. Its opening pages describe the last hours, hinted at by the title, of Raymond Drew as he leaves the three-bedroom semi where he’d lived for the past 30 years, the first two of which were shared with “a wife he’d barely known, let alone loved. Dead and bur ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: single-father cops, daughters with serial-killer uncles, DCI chicks
The fourth and most recent book in Stuart Neville's "Belfast Noir" series about Detective Inspector Jack Lennon. This volume definitely includes a fair amount of personal drama and spoilers from events in the previous books, so you'll want to start with the first (and arguably, the best) book in the series, The Ghosts of Belfast, and read on from there, rather than starting here.

The Final Silence delivers what I'm now coming to expect from this series - a gritty, satisfying if somewhat predictab
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gripping Northern Irish noir set in Belfast. A city with a troubled and turbulent past is inevitably going to be reflected in the Stuart Neville series. In this book DI Jack Lennon is not in a good place. He is under suspension and physically his body is still a mess after he was shot multiple times after saving a woman who is being trafficked. His current living together with Susan arrangement is suffering significant strain. The police force want rid of him and he is struggling to ca ...more
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another audio listen for me, and was a thoroughly enjoyable one.

I've read all of Neville's previous books, including the three previous featuring Lennon, and this gritty thriller followed the same formula, Lennon somewhat of an antihero, caught up in this case in the murder of a former girlfriend, whose family ties link her in turn to the murky terrorist underworld.

Throughout the narrative, we are introduced to a new character who it seems will feature in future instalments, DCI Serena
Ellen Dunne
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Neville never fails to deliver. Very well written, a fast plot which keeps you turning pages and complex characters, with realistic modern Belfast as a backdrop - just works great for me. I especially like the character of DI Serena Flanagan, though I find her a bit underdeveloped and find it hard to believe she makes her judgements that fast, even with a personal burden in the back of her mind. Still. To me, all the Nevilles are a cut above other thrillers, and this one is no exception.
Linda Boa
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-blog
Creepy, but unputdownable thriller/police procedural that's the fourth and final book featuring Jack Lennon. Fine to read as a standalone - I haven't read any other of the Lennons and I was fine, but I'll be making a point of reading them now! Stuart Neville seems to have a knack for writing about things that fascinate me. Also, this is a fairly compact book - it doesn't drag on unnecessarily into 500-page territory, as seems to be the fashion. I'll gather my thoughts and review it properly on c ...more
Alicia Huxtable
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by Stuart Neville before but this book had everything you would want in a thriller. The characters, the plot, everything keeps you glued to the pages. Very enjoyable read
Robert Intriago
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, crime-noir
There is little you can say about several of the Irish writers. They are good and Neville falls into that category. If you are a fan you will really enjoy this book. It is compassionate and dark.
Deepa Swaminathan
Here’s a tale of a man who has no friends,
Not much can be inferred about him even with a lens,
A murder follows and the plot gets dense,
Much is to be said before ‘The Final Silence'

Stuart Neville: This Irish author has written 9 novels since 2009. His book ‘The Twelve’ has won prestigious awards. His brainchild of fiction is inspector Jack Lennon. This is Jack’s 4th case.

Plot: The story is set in Belfast, Ireland. This is the hometown of our author as well. Raymond Drew, a lonely middle-aged wid
Nancy Ellis
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a lesson in how to make a story so dark it's almost depressing but not dark enough to make you stop reading it. If it were any longer, he'd run out of characters to kill! Seriously, it's a great story set in Belfast. It had been awhile since I read the previous books, but there was enough background info in this one that it was no problem. Poor Jack Lennon is still in pretty bad shape physically and is still suspended from the force, but when he is called by a former girlfriend (one ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jim by: Bibi
Without spoiling anything, let me say there will be surprises.

Let me also say that in a book about murder and who did it, there are also scenes of remarkable tenderness.

First book I have read by Stuart Neville, and although I wish I had started at the beginning of the Jack Lennon series, it was a very good intro to Neville's writing.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The poor, almost homeless, misunderstood, ostracized from the force, heavy drinking, painkiller abusing, relationship killing, violently and repeatedly beaten, clichéd hero aggravated me from the outset. But it was a pretty good read after all!
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest Stuart Neville book continues the story of Jack Lennon, a cop who is prone to temptation, but whose heart is in the right place. He is fighting a losing fight against corruption. Jack has given up fighting for his job, now all he wants is to get a medical pension. Even that may be denied to him because he shot a fellow police officer who was trying to kill him. The gunfight took place while Jack was trying to get a woman who had come to Belfast thinking she was going to be a nanny. In ...more
Alan Taylor
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Northern Ireland-set thriller from Stuart Neville, 'The Final Silence' is right up there with his debut 'The Twelve' ('Ghosts of Belfast'). For me, Neville's last novel to feature Belfast policeman Jack Lennon, 'Stolen Souls' was disappointing after the very high standards set by 'The Twelve' and its follow up 'Collusion'. After a break in the series with the 1960s set, and very good, 'Ratlines', the news that Neville's next novel was a return to Lennon's somewhat shady cop did ...more
This thriller featuring Jack Lennon is the 4th. It's fast-moving and we see Lennon struggling to get back on his feet after a shooting incident that left another officer dead. Lennon also is fighting for his daughter's custody with the family of her deceased mother. A young woman discovers a shocking secret involving her father and contacts Lennon, someone she dated years back, as he's the only person she can look to for help. Things quickly spiral out of control when people in power conspire to ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to KarenC by: Edgar nomination
Fits my description of Noir fiction. Suspended cop with a tainted reputation and hooked on pain pills falls under suspicion for the brutal murder of a former lover. Pursues the case to clear himself.
Well written enough to keep me reading, although it occasionally moved slowly. The ending was tense and somewhat unpredictable, but it seemed to have the pieces tied together in a neat package suitable for trial, although some of the evidence was gathered by unusual means. Circumstances left me feel
Carey Combe
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this, writing, characters and story.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fine, but it wasn't startling.
Nicole Roth
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked that! I enjoy the Ireland setting, it was a lot like The Dublin murder squad by Tana French but without as much BS
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Stuart Neville's fourth book in his Belfast series, The Final Silence, is a thrilling addition with it's introduction of Detective Flanagan, a no-nonsense cop without the normal tropes of hard-drinking, misanthropic, relationship challenges, and outsider within the force. She is a fully rounded character struggling with health issues. The plot is rather simple and the solution comes from what would be considered routine police work rather than any brilliant insights by the detective character, b ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True to form, I read The final Silence, the 4th in Stuart Neville's excellent series featuring DI Jack Lennon, out of order. My hope was that it wouldn't matter, but I now wish I'd waited and read its predecessor, Collusion, first. Oh well, it really was a slight detraction inasmuch as I would have encountered a healthier version of DI Lennon. However, I believe the enjoyment factor was unaffected. Mr. Neville is a very talented writer who has a knack for engaging characters, tight plotting, and ...more
Dan Lawton
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the fourth book in the series, I guess, but it doesn't matter. There was enough about Jack Lennon's past to have a good understanding of his pain. The problem, though, is I think there was too much given away to go back and read the earlier books in the series, which is too bad.

Here's the thing, it's a crime in Belfast, Ireland, and the investigation isn't anything spectacular. What got me was the quality of the writing, the depth of the characters. Each character had their issues, and they
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I have been a musician, a composer, a teacher, a salesman, a film extra, a baker and a hand double for a well known Irish comedian, but I'm currently a partner in a successful multimedia design business in the wilds of Northern Ireland.

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