The Silent Room

3.95 based on 65 ratings & 18 reviews on Goodreads.com

A security van sets off for Durham prison, a disgraced Special Branch officer in the back. It never arrives. En route it is hijacked by armed men, the prisoner sprung. Suspended from duty on suspicion of aiding and abetting the audacious escape of his former boss, Detective Sergeant Matthew Ryan is locked out of the manhunt.

Desperate to preserve his career and prove his innocence, he backs off. But when the official investigation falls apart, under surveillance and with his life in danger, Ryan goes dark, enlisting others in his quest to discover the truth.

When the trail leads to the suspicious death of a Norwegian national, Ryan uncovers an international conspiracy that has claimed the lives of many.

Mari has had a varied career and her partner was once a murder detective, which perhaps explains why she pulls some punches about the police force here...This story is based on actual experience, like so many crime novels. It is relatively mild, as far as language and explicit violence go, and despite or because of that it is curiously gripping and enjoyable.
Literary Review
Taut storytelling and razor-sharp dialogue - not to mention Hannah's use of the Northumberland countryside - make this a novel not to be missed.
Daily Mail
Pacey, standalone thriller . . . turns out to be an International conspiracy, with all the delicious twists and turns that entails.
Sunday Express

About Mari Hannah

Mari Hannah is an award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she has contributed to CID training for Northumbria Police and lives in rural Northumberland with her partner, an ex-murder detective. Mari turned to scriptwriting when her career was cut short following an assault on duty. Her debut, The Murder Wall (adapted from a script she developed with the BBC) won her the Polari First Book Prize. Its follow-up, Settled Blood, picked up a Northern Writers' Award. She went on to be shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library and is currently Reader in Residence for Harrogate International Crime Writing Festival.

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Books by Mari Hannah

Gallows Drop
Gallows Drop
The Murder Wall
The Murder Wall
Killing for Keeps
Killing for Keeps
Monument to Murder
Monument to Murder
Deadly Deceit
Deadly Deceit
Settled Blood
Settled Blood

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How to commit the perfect murder: Mari Hannah

09 November 2015

With her latest novel The Silent Room out soon, we brought in Mari Hannah for questioning... on her perfect murder.

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