Say Nothing

Say Nothing

A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

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""Meticulously reported, exquisitely written, and grippingly told, Say Nothing is a work of revelation." --David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon 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, McConville 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--or volunteers, depending on which side one was on--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 and denied his I.R.A. past, betraying his hardcore comrades--Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish"--
"A narrative about a notorious killing that took place in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and its devastating repercussions to this day"--
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, 2019.
ISBN: 9780385521314
0385521316
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Keefe 02/2019
Characteristics: xii, 441 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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JCLMeghanF Mar 26, 2020

This is true crime journalism at its best. Not only does Keefe present a nuanced view of the Troubles, he also uncovers a possible killer involved in one of Northern Ireland's most notorious unsolved murders.

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JCLBetM Jun 28, 2019

recent book Mina recommended to her family -- "I loved it because he talks about the 'moral injury' to those on both sides, the damage done to the individuals who participated and the problematic lack of any South African style truth and reconciliation projects afterward."

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.


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JCLMeghanF Mar 26, 2020

This is true crime journalism at its best. Not only does Keefe present a nuanced view of the Troubles, he also uncovers a possible killer involved in one of Northern Ireland's most notorious unsolved murders.

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TayRaymond
Mar 02, 2020

The best cataloguing of the oral history that weaves narration and lived experiences together to both illustrate the times but also connect individuals stories

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danielpslavik
Feb 03, 2020

March book

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hollymsellers
Jan 20, 2020

December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders

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bethgarza24
Jan 13, 2020

NYT 2019 Top 10

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kookaburraofdoom
Nov 24, 2019

On Best Books of 2019 NYT list

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norma777
Nov 02, 2019

Suzanne book club pick

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mimsipod
Oct 10, 2019

I was in Ireland in August, about 6 weeks ago, on a guided bus tour of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our bus driver was also the tour guide, and was a man who had been actively involved in the Troubles, and spent 3 years in jail as one of the “blanket men”. He taught all of us a lot about what had gone on, from both points of view. He took us to see the peace walls and I wrote my message on a wall there as thousands had before me. He referenced this book, and while it includes some of the terrorism on the part of the IRA it barely acknowledges terrorism on the part of the loyalists, or on the part of soldiers. The book was not meant to be only about Jean McConville, but also about other major figures during those years. My parents were born and raised in Belfast, and our family lived there for a short time. I felt first-hand as a child the tensions between Catholics and Protestants in 1961-63 when I lived there, and six weeks ago, felt it again in Belfast, and in Derry. I think the book captures the huge divide, still present in the form of flags that are flown to identify whether a person is in a Protestant or Catholic neighbourhood. The tensions are alive and well, and as was stated by an IRA member in the book, I think they “have never gone away.” I worry about what will happen regarding borders as a result of Brexit.

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vac28
Aug 22, 2019

extremely interesting

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ryankegley
Aug 02, 2019

In “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland,” Patrick Radden Keefe has crafted a masterpiece — of journalism, of narrative nonfiction, of pure storytelling. Perfectly paced and sequenced, this is a moving, illuminating, haunting, and powerful book. This is not just a story for those interested in Irish history or politics, the Troubles, the Irish Republican Army, or true crime. This is a story for anyone who likes a good story, for anyone who reads every article in The New Yorker (where Keefe happens to be a staff writer) knowing full well that it’s not the subject that matters, it’s the writing. Keefe puts the reader not at the periphery of events but right in the middle, with all the terror, violence, fear, shock, desperation, horror, pain, and sadness that accompanies them. I was frequently overwhelmed by the immersiveness of many of the book’s events, and Keefe’s ability to bring the stories of the people within these pages to life is both a testament to his skill as a writer but more so, I think, to his skill as a listener. “Say Nothing” is an important book, but don’t let that stop you from reading one of the most compelling page-turners you’re likely to find.

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