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A New York Times best thriller of the year!

"Matters culminate in a courtroom fireworks display worthy of Perry Mason in his prime. The Murder Rule holds one's interest from its cheeky opening pages through its final scene." —Wall Street Journal

For fans of the compulsive psychological suspense of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a mother daughter story—one running from a horrible truth, and the other fighting to reveal it—that twists and turns in shocking ways, from the internationally bestselling author of The Scholar and The Ruin.

First Rule: Make them like you.

Second Rule: Make them need you.

Third Rule: Make them pay.

They think I'm a young, idealistic law student, that I'm passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system.

They think I'm working hard to impress them.

They think I'm here to save an innocent man on death row.

They're wrong. I'm going to bury him.

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A New York Times best thriller of the year!

"Matters culminate in a courtroom fireworks display worthy of Perry Mason in his prime. The Murder Rule holds one's interest from its cheeky opening pages through its final scene." —Wall Street Journal

For fans of the compulsive psychological suspense of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a mother daughter story—one running from a horrible truth, and the other fighting to reveal it—that twists and turns in shocking ways, from the internationally bestselling author of The Scholar and The Ruin.

First Rule: Make them like you.

Second Rule: Make them need you.

Third Rule: Make them pay.

They think I'm a young, idealistic law student, that I'm passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system.

They think I'm working hard to impress them.

They think I'm here to save an innocent man on death row.

They're wrong. I'm going to bury him.

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        "Matters culminate in a courtroom fireworks display worthy of Perry Mason in his prime. The Murder Rule holds one's interest from its cheeky opening pages through its final scene." — Wall Street Journal

        "Excellent... McTiernan [is] an uncommonly fine mystery writer.... What a thrilling book this is." — New York Times Book Review on The Murder Rule

        "Gripping and full of tension, with twist after unexpected twist. You won't just read The Murder Rule, you'll devour it." — Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Pieces of Her

        "Dervla McTiernan has become one of my favorite writers, and if you read The Murder Rule, she will quickly become one of yours. This book is diabolically clever, highly compelling, and deeply moving. I loved The Murder Rule and did not want it to end." — Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of The Force and The Border

        "Hannah's considerable ruthlessness and determination make her one of the most memorable characters in current crime fiction." — Los Angeles Review of Books on The Murder Rule

        "Dervla McTiernan is an extraordinary writer, and The Murder Rule is a brilliant, breathtaking, and irresistible thriller with unforgettable characters and twists on top of twists." — T. J. Newman, New York Times bestselling author of Falling

        "Extraordinary. Haunting. An incredible thriller. I could not put this book down. Dervla McTiernan is a gifted writer with a very special way of telling a story. This is a heart-stopping roller coaster of a tale." — Adrian McKinty, New York Times bestselling author of The Chain

        "The Ruin is dark and compelling, with the satisfaction of a police procedural and the atmosphere of a gothic mystery. I was gripped by it, and by the complicated, resourceful characters of Aisling and Maude." — Flynn Berry, author of Under the Harrow

        "The best legal thriller I've read in years. Great writing, a gripping plot, intriguing characters ... I read it in two sittings. She has a new fan!" — Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

        The Murder Rule is a masterclass in manipulation from an author who knows just how to pull the strings without revealing her (amply skilled) hand.... Abundant plot twists, ethical ambiguities, and legal loopholes all conspire to make a cunning and compulsively readable story in which justice is in the eye of the beholder.... Dervla McTiernan is a name to know. — CriminalElement.com

        "I don't think it's an exaggeration to compare this to Grisham at his very best. The Murder Rule is utterly absorbing, entertaining and intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed it." — Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait

        "Fans of past and present storylines and legal thrillers should pick this one up." — Book Riot

        "Filled to the brim with complicated characters." — San Francisco Book Review on The Murder Rule

        "A page-burner... growing louder and closer and fiercer and more obsessive. On the cover of The Murder Rule it says, 'No one is innocent in this story.' And that will include you, the reader, as your buried deceits and treacheries both minor and major make ghostly appearances.... Don't miss this one." — Durango Telegraph

        "This is good! I got nothing done for the last two days because I couldn't put it down. Loved it. Really gripped." — Jane Fallon, author of Worst...

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        The winner of Ned Kelly, Barry, and International Thriller Writers honors, McTiernan again stirs up tension with the story of a young lawyer who appears to be urgently challenging a corrupt system to save an innocent man from death row. But she's got other designs, tied to her outing a secret her mother has been hiding. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        In 2019, University of Maine law student Hannah Rokeby, the protagonist of this entertaining if flawed psychological thriller from Thriller Award winner McTiernan (The Scholar), shares a home with Laura, her alcoholic mother, until she transfers to the University of Virginia, where she wangles a highly desirable job with the law school’s Innocence Project, which tracks down new evidence in cases of individuals convicted of a crime, but who profess their innocence. She’s assigned to work on freeing Michael Dandridge, who’s on death row, having served 11 years for the rape and murder of Sarah Fitzhugh. Meanwhile, vivid excerpts from her mother’s diary recount dramatic events surrounding the death of wealthy Tom Spencer in 1994, when Laura was working as a maid at an exclusive hotel in Seal Harbor, Maine. McTiernan keeps the suspense high as she gradually reveals how Spencer’s death relates to Hannah’s work on the Dandridge case. Unfortunately, the rush to the finish is riddled with unaddressed issues, like why no one challenges Hannah after she admits in court that she broke into a sheriff’s garage to obtain evidence. McTiernan has done better. Agent: Shane Salerno, Story Factory.

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        McTiernan, one of Australia's most popular crime writers, is best known for her police procedurals featuring Irish detective Cormac Reilly. Her new stand-alone is something different. Hannah Rokeby, a third-year law student at the University of Maine, transfers to the University of Virginia for a chance to work at the Innocence Project, made up of a group of students who investigate the trials of death-row prisoners and others who may have been wrongfully convicted. She joins the team working to disprove the rape and murder charges against the man whom Hannah's mother, Laura, claims raped her and killed her boyfriend in 1994. Laura has become a reclusive alcoholic and Hannah is truly devoted to her, but as the investigation progresses, she finds herself wondering if her mother's recollections may be shaky--or even downright lies. As the false persona Hannah has created for herself in the group begins to crumble, she perseveres, walking a dangerous path to the final, shocking truth. For fans of the compulsive psychological suspense of Ruth Ware.

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"Matters culminate in a courtroom fireworks display worthy of Perry Mason in his prime. The Murder Rule holds one's interest from its cheeky opening pages through its final scene." —Wall Street Journal

For fans of the compulsive psychological suspense of Ruth Ware and Tana French, a mother daughter story—one running from a horrible truth, and the other fighting to reveal it—that twists and turns in shocking ways, from the internationally bestselling author of The Scholar and The Ruin.

First Rule: Make them like you.

Second Rule: Make them need you.

Third Rule: Make them pay.

They think I'm a young, idealistic law student, that I'm passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system.

They think I'm working hard to impress them.

They think I'm here to save an innocent...

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