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Jane Casey is no stranger to the crime world. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel. This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. She is also an active member of Killer Women, a Londonbased group of crime writers. Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her husband and two children.
An absolute belter of a crime novel, and the seventh in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series. 18 year old Chloe returns home to find her mum missing and the house drenched in blood, Maeve, in her new role as a DS, investigates. The first chapter set my senses on high alert, and I remained that way, evaluating, questioning, yet almost inhaling the action. Jane Casey writes with an assured hand, the investigators feel authentic, the investigation covers the painstaking research undertaken, the relationships between the team, as well as the riveting drama. I can’t believe that this is my first foray into this series, I’m going to have to hunt down the first six now! ‘Let The Dead Speak’ is unpredictable, fast moving, and action-packed, it’s a thrilling swaggering story and I highly recommend it. ~ Liz Robinson
Their job is to investigate crime - not become the victims...A killer is terrorising London but this time the police are the targets. Urgently re-assigned to investigate a series of brutal attacks on fellow officers, Maeve Kerrigan and her boss Josh Derwent have little idea what motivates the killer's fury against the force. But they know it will only be a matter of time before the killer strikes again.
August 2011 Book of the Month. A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. DC MAEVE KERRIGAN - Maeve is an ambitious but initially experienced detective constable keen to make her mark on the murder task force and has appeared in three impressive psychological thrillers so far. The plots she has to unravel are impeccably weaved and unfold dexterously while maintaining a strong sense of place and a compulsive, menacing atmosphere. Driven by a strong sense of justice, she is a character younger female readers will find easy to identify with. Definitely one for the future. The Lovereading view... The Reckoning is an incredibly satisfying psychological thriller from the bestselling author of THE MISSING and THE BURNING. Compulsive and menacing it once again features Maeve Kerrigan, ayoung Anglo-Irish detective serving in the Met's murder squad. Jane Casey's debut novel THE MISSING was shortlisted for the IRISH CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD.
November 2010 Book of the Month. This is the new psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of The Missing. A serial killer is on the loose who wants to watch his victims’ burn and DC Maeve Kerrigan is determined to put a stop to him but how when you have no clues to who he is?… It’s gripping and utterly compulsive leaving you gasping for breath as you get to the last page. Jane Casey's new novel, The Reckoning, is out now. Visit our 'Women's Words - 60+ works of feminist-minded fiction' to explore our collection of feminist-minded fiction from around the world, and across centuries.
February 2010 Debut of the Month. A terrific novel taking place in two separate times, 16 years apart, but with both disappearances affecting one character. It is very well structured, a most impressive first novel, a psychological thriller that builds to a gripping solution. Jane Casey's new novel, The Reckoning, is out now. Comparison: Nicci French, Sophie Hannah.
The incredible new break-out thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author. Don't miss the book everyone will be talking about this year! He tells you you're special... As a barrister, Ingrid Lewis is used to dealing with tricky clients, but no one has ever come close to John Webster. After Ingrid defended Webster against a stalking charge, he then turned on her - following her, ruining her relationship, even destroying her home. He tells you he wants to protect you... Now, Ingrid believes she has finally escaped his clutches. But when one of her colleagues is run down on a busy London road, Ingrid is sure she was the intended victim. And then Webster shows up at her door... But can you believe him? Webster claims Ingrid is in danger - and that only he can protect her. Stalker or saviour? Murderer or protector? The clock is ticking for Ingrid to decide. Because the killer is ready to strike again. Praise for The Killing Kind 'Nobody understands the dark gap between justice and the law better than Jane Casey' Val McDermid 'Cool, accomplished, compulsive' Cara Hunter 'Extremely tense and very gripping' Ruth Ware 'A compulsive page-turner ' Steve Cavanagh 'A breathless game of cat-and-mouse' Erin Kelly 'A truly masterly thriller' Liz Nugent 'Tense and well-plotted' Harriet Tyce 'Each twist tightens the screw' J. R. Ellis 'Tense, pacy, addictive' Sarah Vaughan 'Brilliant plotted' Catherine Cooper 'One of my favourite writers' Dervla McTiernan 'Twisty and unexpected' Ann Cleeves 'Heart-stopping twists ' Sarah Hilary 'Endlessly surprising' Catherine Ryan Howard 'One of those 'just one more page' books' Susi Holliday 'Authentic, tense, thrilling' Will Dean 'Intricate' Jane Shemilt 'Fast-paced' Jo Spain 'Brilliant' The Times 'Creepily good' Daily Mail 'Chilling' Sunday Times
The gripping new thriller from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author, shortlisted for the Irish Crime Book Awards 2020 You've got to be in the club to know the truth. Everyone's heard the rumours about elite gentlemen's clubs, where the champagne flows freely, the parties are the height of decadence . . . and the secrets are darker than you could possibly imagine. DS Maeve Kerrigan finds herself in an unfamiliar world of wealth, luxury and ruthless behaviour when she investigates the murder of a young journalist, Paige Hargreaves. Paige was working on a story about the Chiron Club, a private society for the richest and most privileged men in London. Then she disappeared. It's clear to Maeve that the members have many secrets. But Maeve is hiding secrets of her own - even from her partner DI Josh Derwent. Will she uncover the truth about Paige's death? Or will time run out for Maeve first? Jane Casey's best book yet - and that's really saying something' Erin Kelly 'A really gripping, timely plot' Elly Griffiths 'Jane Casey is among our very best crime novelists and this is her best book' Liz Nugent 'Her best yet. Heartpounding and SO MOVING!' Marian Keyes 'Complex and gripping' The Times 'Jane Casey is a masterful storyteller' Charlotte Philby 'The best police procedurals I've read' Claire Allan 'A superb crime novel' Sharon Bolton 'Truly the gold standard for police procedurals' Catherine Ryan Howard 'Terrifying, intense and devastatingly astut' Sarah Hilary 'Engrossing crime fiction with heart' Olivia Kiernan 'Tense, dramatic and sharply written' Sinead Crowley 'A must read' Patricia Gibney 'I ripped through it, unable to stop myself' Sam Baker 'Superb' Will Dean 'I couldn't love Maeve Kerrigan or Josh Derwent more' Cressida McLaughlin 'Pacy plotting' Sunday Times Crime Club 'Chilling and inventive' Woman's Weekly 'Simply stunning' Heat 'A chilling read' Woman
The Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the Irish Independent crime fiction book of the year! Guilty? A year ago, Leo Stone was convicted of murdering two women and sentenced to life in prison. Now he's been freed on a technicality, and he's protesting his innocence. Not guilty? DS Maeve Kerrigan and DI Josh Derwent are determined to put Stone back behind bars where he belongs, but the more Maeve digs, the less convinced she is that he did it. The wrong decision could be deadly... Then another woman disappears in similar circumstances. Is there a copycat killer, or have they been wrong about Stone from the start? 'Magnificent' Marian Keyes 'Clever, classy crime fiction' Erin Kelly 'Brilliant' Fiona Barton 'Terrific' Sarah Hilary 'I adored this book' Liz Nugent 'Authentic' Jo Spain 'Compulsive' Patricia Gibney 'Powerful' Helen Fields 'Kept me turning the pages long into the night' Rachel Abbott 'Emotional' Sinead Crowley
'A tremendous sense of suspense' Sunday TimesIn the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Jane Casey, Detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad must navigate a web of lies to discover the truth...A murder without a bodyEighteen-year-old Chloe Emery returns to her West London home one day to find the house covered in blood and Kate, her mother, gone. There may not be a body, but everything else points to murder.A girl too scared to talkMaeve Kerrigan is young, ambitious and determined to prove she's up to her new role as detective sergeant. She suspects Chloe is holding something back, but best friend Bethany Norris won't let Maeve get close. What exactly is Bethany protecting Chloe from?A detective with everything to proveAs the team dig deeper into the residents of Valerian Road, no one is above suspicion. All Maeve needs is one person to talk, but that's not going to happen. Because even in a case of murder, some secrets are too terrible to share...
WINNER OF THE IRISH CRIME BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015 Arson, accident or murder? After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in an 11th floor flat. But is the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate? As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide...
'If I hadn't walked into the room at that moment, maybe everything would have worked out differently. Maybe everything would have been all right after all . . .' Port Sentinel may be a beautiful seaside tourist trap, but in the short time Jess Tennant has lived there, it has seen its fair share of tragedy. Tragedy that somehow Jess keeps getting caught up in. A schoolgirl from the town goes missing, leaving her diary behind and a lot of unanswered questions. Has she run away from her unhappy home or is there something much more sinister going on? And can Jess find her before it's too late?
Arson, accident or murder?After a fire rips through a North London tower block, two bodies are found locked in an 11th floor flat. But is the third victim that ensures the presence of detective Maeve Kerrigan and the murder squad. It appears that controversial MP Geoff Armstrong, trapped by the fire, chose to jump to his death rather than wait for rescue. But what was such a right wing politician doing in the deprived, culturally diverse Maudling Estate?As Maeve and her senior colleague, Derwent, pick through the wreckage, they uncover the secret world of the 11th floor, where everyone seems to have something to hide...
A violent rapist is attacking women, leaving them for dead on south London streets. When young police woman Maeve Kerrigan responds to a domestic disturbance, she's horrified to stumble across the latest victim. But as a new recruit-and a female to boot-she'll have to face down not only her own nerves but rampant sexism from her colleagues if she wants to be taken seriously enough to even assist on the case.International bestseller Jane Casey takes Maeve back to her early days as a rookie police woman in Left for Dead--a brilliant novella sure to delight series fans and new readers alike.
Jess Tennant has now been living in Port Sentinel for three months, and is just beginning to relax and think of it as home after the murderous events of the summer. But in the small hours of a dark night, a teenage boy is left for dead by the side of the road. Seb Dawson has a serious head injury and may not survive - and Jess decides to find out who beat him up, and why? As she investigates, Jess discovers that Seb was involved in some very dangerous games. A secret predator around girls, he would do whatever it took to abuse them, from lying and blackmail to spiking drinks. Could a group of vengeful victims be behind his attack? Or is there someone else with a grudge against Seb and who will stop at nothing to silence him?
The latest crime thriller featuring detective Maeve Kerrigan - winner of the Mary Higgins Clark Award He meets women. He gains their trust. He kills them. That's all Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes by the same sadistic killer. With no sign of a break-in, every indication shows that they let him in. But the evidence is pointing at a shocking suspect: DI Josh Derwent, Maeve's colleague. Maeve refuses to believe he could be involved, but how well does she really know him? Because this isn't the first time Derwent's been accused of murder...
Two women died every week in the UK at the hands of a partner or ex-partner. On average, women endured thirty-five incidents of domestic abuse before contacting the police.And then I showed up the thirty-sixth time and stumbled through my arguments for why the victim should trust us. As if we could save them.It had been two months, and so far I remembered all of their faces. So far, none of them had turned up on the daily briefing as the borough s latest homicide. A violent rapist is attacking women, leaving them for dead on south London streets. Then young police woman Maeve Kerrigan responds to a domestic disturbance and stumbles across the latest victim. But as a new recruit and a female to boot she must battle sexism from her colleagues in her bid to be taken seriously enough to even assist on the case...Jane Casey s bestselling D.C. Kerrigan books have earned her many fans. This exclusive digital short story takes Maeve back to her early days as a rookie police woman.
Maeve Kerrigan [is] a fascinating and plausible character. What she has is persistence, integrity, and emotional intelligence, and a very deft way of insinuating herself into a readers affections. The Irish Independent (UK)Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesnt provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughtersand it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home.When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivorsPhilip and his second-favorite daughter, Lydiaboth claim to have seen nothing, but its clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets. Maeve soon finds herself entangled in a case with a thousand leads that all seem to point nowhere, and it doesnt help that her boss, whom she trusts more than almost anyone, is starting to make decisions that Maeve finds questionable at best.In The Last Girl, Jane Casey once again demonstrates her ability to write vivid, three-dimensional characters and spin a gripping, unpredictable mystery.
When fifteen-year-old Freya drowns, everyone assumes she's killed herself, but no-one knows why. Her cousin, Jess Tennant, thinks she was murdered - and is determined to uncover the truth. On a summer visit to sleepy Port Sentinel, Jess (who bears a striking resemblance to her dead cousin) starts asking questions - questions that provoke strong reactions from her friends and family, not to mention Freya's enemies. Everyone is hiding something - and Freya herself had more than her fair share of secrets. Can Jess unravel the mystery of her cousin's death? A mystery involving a silver locket, seething jealousy and a cliff-top in the pitch black of night?
The teenage girl was the first victim. Her throat cut to the bone, she didn't stand a chance. Her mother was the second. She, at least, had time to fight back. Briefly. Called to the South London crime scene, Maeve Kerrigan's first thought is that this is a domestic dispute gone bad. But the husband - found bloody and unconscious in an upstairs room - insists he's the third victim not the killer. However, the only witness is his young daughter. And she's not talking...
To the public, hes a hero: a brutal killer who targets sex offenders. To most of Londons police force, hes the suspect in a gruesome, time-consuming case to be avoided. But to Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, hes a murdererno matter the sins of his victimsand catching him is her job. Assigned to the case with the divisions unreadable new DI, Josh Derwent, young and inexperienced Maeve is determined to prove she has what it takes to make it as a female in the tough world of the London police.But for a killer who strikes with such spectacle, this one is proving remarkably elusive. And when Maeve learns his motive might be about exacting revenge, his acts of incredible violence move from abstract justice to the intensely personal, and become all the more terrifying. Unsure whom she can trust even within her own department and knowing that her life is at stake, Maeve will have to decide how far shes willing to go to ensure justice is served.Jane Caseys taut, brilliantly executed thriller will have listeners on the edge of their seats from the opening chapter to the stunning conclusion.
The Burning Man. Its the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of Londons parks. And now theres a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeves empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?Maeves frenetic hunt for a killer in The Burning, Jane Caseys series debut, is a gripping introduction to one of the most engaging crime fiction characters in recent memory.