The Death Messenger: A Thriller (Matthew Ryan) (Hardcover)
Track a stalker. Catch a killer. The Death Messenger is a tense police procedural following The Silent Room in the thrilling Matthew Ryan series by Mari Hannah.
When a mysterious DVD is delivered to Northumbria Police Headquarters, DS Matthew Ryan and Detective Superintendent Eloise O’Neil are among the few to view its disturbing content. With little to go on the only lead comes from the anonymous and chilling woman’s voice narrating the blood-soaked lock-up depicted on screen.
But with no victim visible, nor any indication of where the unidentifiable crime scene is located, Ryan and O’Neil get the distinct feeling someone is playing with them. What is certain is that the newly formed special unit has just taken on its first challenging case.
As further shocking videos start arriving at police stations around the country, the body count rises. But what connects all the victims? And why are they being targeted? As the investigation deepens, the team is brought to breaking point as secrets from the past threaten to derail their pursuit of a merciless killer . .
About the Author
Mari Hannah is an award-winning author whose authentic voice is no happy accident. A former probation officer, she 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. Her second novel, Settled Blood, picked up a Northern Writer’s Award. In 2014, she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library. Mari is currently reader-in residence for Theakstons Old Peculier International Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate, England.
Praise for The Silent Room:
"The disappearance and investigation are credible and convincing, and the high-octane ending packs plenty of firepower."—Kirkus Reviews
"The Silent Room balances a crime novel's obligation to be spine-tingling with a literary novel's acute sense of place."—Shelf Awareness
“The explosive opening of The Silent Room introduces a gripping thriller with a very human face. Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah.”—Val McDermid
“Very creepy. Read it on your commute, and you’ll be looking over your shoulder all the way home.” —Marie Claire
“I was annoyed every time I was forced to put the book down and do mundane yet necessary stuff like eat or sleep.” —Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
“A tense and compelling standalone thriller from one of our foremost crime writers.” —David Jackson
“Mari Hannah has always had two key specialties: a gift for genuinely ingenious plotting matched by a skill at choreographing suspense sequences that is the equal of more stellar names in the genre. Both characteristics are at full stretch in The Silent Room, with everyone involved leaping off the page.” —Independent
“Taut storytelling and razor-sharp dialogue […] make this a novel not to be missed.” —Daily Mail