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Author: Patrick Radden Keefe Narrator: Matthew Blaney Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2019 ISBN: 9781984841131
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One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR - TIME MAGAZINE ONE OF THE BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR - WASHINGTON POST NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD  "Masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972. In this meticulously reported book -- as finely paced as a novel -- Keefe uses McConville's murder as a prism to tell the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Interviewing people on both sides of the conflict, he transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga." - New York Times Book Review, Ten Best Books of the Year From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past--Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Keefe…transforms the tragic damage and waste of the era into a searing, utterly gripping saga.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A riveting account of the bombings and assassinations…as told by those who planted the bombs and pulled the triggers.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “A gripping and profoundly human explanation for a past that still denies and defines the future.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Blaney’s gentle Irish accent helps listeners endure some of the more horrifying details of violence perpetrated by the IRA and helps direct the listener through a murder investigation that took decades to solve and that led detectives all the way to Boston. Blaney’s sober voice is measured and careful, highlighting the subject matter even as he delivers a powerful performance.”


  • “An extensive and often wrenching view of this bloody patch of history, especially fascinating in the way Keefe shows how indoctrination worked at the family level.”


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in Murder and Mayhem True Accounts
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month Selection
  • Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A Literary Hub Pick of Best Nonfiction Works of the Decade
  • A Minneapolis Star-Tribune Pick of Best Books to Read This Winter
  • A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year selection
  • A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2019
  • A Washington Post Top 10 Book of 2019
  • Winner of the Orwell Prize
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • An Atlantic Best Book of the Year selection
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • Winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
  • A Midwest Indie Bestseller in Hardcover Nonfiction

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About the Author

Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, where he received the 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. His books have won numerous awards, including the New York Times bestseller Say Nothing, which won the Orwell Prize and was longlisted for the National Book Award. A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, he is a nonpracticing lawyer and a fellow at The Century Foundation, a policy think tank in Washington, DC. A former Marshall Scholar, he is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.