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Quieter Than Killing

af Sarah Hilary

Serier: DI Marnie Rome (4)

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Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, returns with the fourth Marnie Rome novel, QUIETER THAN KILLING.Marnie and Noah are investigating a series of assaults. The attacks appear to be random, the targets young and old, men and women, but all were convicted of violent crimes and recently released. They are on the perpetrator's trail when outside events come to the fore. Marnie's parents' house has been targeted by a gang of youths, her tenants attacked in an apparent robbery and Marnie can't help but feel there's a connection to Stephen, her foster brother. Noah's brother Sol is about to fall foul of the gang he pretends not to be involved in. As they investigate they begin to question whether all three cases linked... after all some crimes are quieter and more insidious than killing...… (mere)
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I read this in one sitting, and enjoyed it very much, although I'm still not sure exactly what the motivations of the various criminals were. Why were Marnie's tenants attacked, for example? On a different note, what did Noah arrest Sol for exactly at the end? I wonder if Ed is on the way out - he only really featured as some one Marnie kept things from. I liked the characterization of Marnie's new boss, Ferguson.

I'm going to read the last two instalments asap. ( )
  pgchuis | May 31, 2023 |
Another cracking read from Sarah Hilary as she traces the investigation by DI Marney Rome and her colleague DS Noah Jake, the fourth in the series about the two London detectives. The taut writing concentrates on the apparent links between three attacks on ex-offenders, all of whom were convicted for violent crimes and have since been released. In a fast moving novel, the past of the two detectives becomes entangled in the investigation as Marnie uncovers that her step-brother, Stephen, has an influence on the cases and Noah that his brother, Sol, is a member of a gang that is threatening both Noah and Sol. As in her previous books, Hilary takes the detectives to some very dark places as they attempt to resolve the crimes, but at the same time she vividly highlights their feelings and fears for their own selves, their families and the victims of the events.
  camharlow2 | Apr 19, 2020 |
London is gripped in a blanket of frost and the streets aren't safe. Investigating a series of seemingly random violent attacks DI Marnie Rome and DI Noah Jakes realise that there is a connection, a vigilante is stalking. When Rome's childhood home is vandalised there is a link to her estranged foster brother, convicted of the murder of her parents and now in jail. Meanwhile Noah's brother Sol is trying to escape from his gang but it's not quite so easy and Noah's boyfriend, Dan, may be in danger.

Sarah Hilary is building up a really strong series about DI Marnie Rome and her team and this book is no exception. I have read some of the previous novels and that is an advantage when tackling this one as it does link to the back stories of Rome and the team, however it is not an insurmountable barrier as time is taken to fill in sketchy details. The plot seems to be going in one direction for most of the book but takes a couple of interesting turns. Although it is a standard police procedural in structure and characterisation this book, like Hilary's previous work, is a superior version of the genre. The character flaws are believable and the plots well constructed and make sense. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
I'm probably best described as an old fashioned reader of crime and I love character driven stories where the protagonist is a 24 hour meticulous cop with a deeply flawed self. I can think of no better examples of this than John Rebus; Ian Rankin's truer than life drink sodden Scottish detective. Another fine example is Michael Connelly's creation Hieronymus Bosch, the son of a prostitute brutally murdered, secluded in his penthouse overlooking the city of Angels, a city portrayed by the author in prosaic and very realistic manner. He is a driven loner separated from his wife, rebuilding his relationship with his daughter. The point here is that I, as a lover of crime, need to understand the foibles and eccentricities of the main character for the story to have any heart or sincerity. This just does not happen in Quieter than Killing.

DI Marnie Rome and her assistant DS Noah Jake are investigating a series of random attacks on the streets of a very wintry and cold London. Those who are the subject of the attacks all have one thing in common, they have just been released following a period of imprisonment for similar acts of violence. So who is carrying out these new attacks, is it some sort of vigilante seeking revenge and retribution? In addition Marnie's family home has been ransacked, is there a connection between the two events? Is her foster brother Stephen involved? even though he is incarcerated for the murder of her parents.

I have real problems with the plotline here finding it very odd and very confusing in the telling. The action is certainly fast and the characters, situations and events as they occur full of exuberance and vigour, but lacking any real credibility. I think it is vital in all good detective stories to really try to understand the main characters, what makes them the people they are. What drives them to this 24 hour obsession they have with their job. Dedication on this level must undoubtedly lead to the unravelling of close partner relations and possibly the introduction of alcohol dependency. Yet we never get to see the other side of Marnie she has a very dedicated partner Ed but the author never explores this relationship in any real detail. I need Marnie to be more human I want her to display character flaws that each and every one of us is genetically predisposed to....unless of course she is a robot! We therefore have a story without any real soul or heart ( possibly excluding the character of Zoe Marshall social worker with a good and emerging part) that is full of constant action but never seems to take the time to explore the personalities on display in any great depth.

Yes I am old fashioned in my choice of detective story but I am open to change, sadly however Sarah Hilary's DI Marnie Rome will not be the instigator of that change. A special thank you to the publisher Headline who supplied me with a gratis copy to read and review which unfortunately was flawed with typing errors. It does not make for easy reading when the name of the author and the book title are displayed randomly throughout the story in large print. This is not an uncommon occurrence and more time care and patience should be spent by publishers in the marketing and presentation of the kindle/mobi edition. ( )
  runner56 | Feb 4, 2017 |
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Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, returns with the fourth Marnie Rome novel, QUIETER THAN KILLING.Marnie and Noah are investigating a series of assaults. The attacks appear to be random, the targets young and old, men and women, but all were convicted of violent crimes and recently released. They are on the perpetrator's trail when outside events come to the fore. Marnie's parents' house has been targeted by a gang of youths, her tenants attacked in an apparent robbery and Marnie can't help but feel there's a connection to Stephen, her foster brother. Noah's brother Sol is about to fall foul of the gang he pretends not to be involved in. As they investigate they begin to question whether all three cases linked... after all some crimes are quieter and more insidious than killing...

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