Those We Left Behind

Those We Left Behind

Book - 2015
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Random House, Inc.
For two brothers, a debt of violence will be paid over a lifetime

Ciaran Devine, who made Belfast headlines seven years ago as the “schoolboy killer,” is about to walk free. At the age of twelve, he confessed to the brutal murder of his foster father; his testimony mitigated the sentence of his older brother, Thomas, who was also found at the crime scene, covered in blood. But DCI Serena Flanagan, the only officer who could convince a young, frightened Ciaran to speak, has silently harbored doubts about his confession all this time.

Ciaran’s release means several things: a long-anticipated reunion with Thomas, who still wields a dangerous influence over his younger brother; the call-to-action of a man bent on revenge for his father’s death; and major trouble for Ciaran’s assigned probation officer. Meanwhile, Serena Flanagan has just returned to the force from her battle with breast cancer, only to endure the pitying looks of her coworkers and a mountain of open case files. She will soon discover that even closed cases can unleash terror on the streets of Belfast.

Baker & Taylor
Returning to work after battling breast cancer, a DCI in Belfast re-opens a closed case after a convicted killer is released from prison. By the author of The Final Silence.

& Taylor

Returning to work after battling breast cancer, Belfast DCI Serena Flanagan re-opens a closed case after Ciaran Devine, the "schoolboy killer" who, at the age of twelve, confessed to killing his foster father, is released from prison.

Publisher: New York City :, SOHO Crime,, [2015]
ISBN: 9781616956363
Characteristics: 359 pages ; 24 cm


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bookishdl Feb 19, 2017

My first experience of a Stuart Neville novel and I will be reading more from him. A shocking crime and the book moved along at a great pace to the conclusion. There was a point where I thought DCI Flanagan made stupid decisions but overall the quality of the writing and story was worthy of 5 stars.

Nov 02, 2016

The first book in the DCI Serena Flanagan series

Apr 14, 2016

Neville's best yet. He's really hit his stride on this one. Yes, Flanagan makes some dreadful blunders...just like us common folk.
Give us more Stuart!

Feb 17, 2016

This is one of the most disturbing, unpleasant books I have ever read. Because it was well written, I read to the depressing end, but scanned a lot. I totally agree that the actions by a seasoned officer were unbelievable and the book began to fall apart at this point for me. I will not be looking for any more by this author.

athompson10 Jan 08, 2016

Dark, violent and compelling. Agree with reader "Emerge" that DCI Flanagan is a weak link in the book. She makes such poor decisions, you wonder how she ever became and cop and attained any rank at all. This isn't your typical "I'm a good cop because I'm a rogue", this is more "I'm a lousy cop who makes terrible choices and somehow still holds onto my job because.. [we don't know why]." Ugh.

Dec 29, 2015

Really enjoyed this psychological thriller set in Ireland. Look forward to reading more of Stuart Neville's books.

Oct 04, 2015

Stuart's name is mis-spelled in the catalogue record

Jun 28, 2015

Solid police procedural but not up to his usual standards. The story of the boys is compelling but it's the MC DCI Flanagan who drags down the overall plot. For a supposed seasoned veteran cop she makes decisions based on emotion that will have you thinking "Wow, what an incredibly bad idea...".
Still, because Neville sets the bar so high, even a so-so book from him is better than a lot of the stuff out there.


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