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The Murder Rule

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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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"The Murder Rule has nailed something fundamentally true about being human; that none of us are quite who we pretend to be and that being the hero in your own story doesn't stop you from being the villain in someone else's. Grabs you from the first page and refuses to let go. Brilliant." - Gabriel Bergmoser

"Deceptive and devious, this twisted and turned in exactly the way I hoped it would, resulting in an ultimately satisfying conclusion. A fantastic read." - Sam Holland

"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

"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

"The Murder Rule is utterly absorbing, entertaining and intriguing." - Liz Nugent

"Gripping and full of tension, with twist after unexpected twist. You won't just read The Murder Rule, you'll devour it." - Karin Slaughter

"Diabolically clever and deeply moving." - Don Winslow

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