06 October 2023

A Silent Death


By Peter May


When expat fugitive Jack Cleland's girlfriend is shot dead during an incident at his home on the Costa del Sol, he blames police officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell. He promises to avenge her death by destroying Cristina and those she holds dear. 

Glaswegian policeman John Mackenzie is tasked with flying to the Costa del Sol to escort Cleland back to the UK. But shortly after his plane lands, Mackenzie learns Cleland has escaped. What follows is a race to recapture him before his promise to Cristina is achieved.

Although this was an enjoyable read, it lacked a little in excitement and didn't grip me in the way I would have liked. Due to being used to a British setting I was out of my comfort zone with this one. The two main characters were fully developed but rather cliched — the female police officer struggling with work-life balance and the male officer estranged from his wife. There just wasn't much joy or happiness to be found. . . anywhere! I'm pleased I read it but it isn't one that stands out.


  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher Riverrun
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Author: Peter May
  • Genre: Crime, Thriller



Spain, 2020. When expat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die, gunned down in a pursuit involving officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell, he promises to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman.


Cristina's aunt Ana has been deaf-blind for the entirety of her adult life: the victim of a rare condition named Usher Syndrome. Ana is the centre of Cristina's world - and of Cleland's cruel plan.


John Mackenzie - an ingenious yet irascible Glaswegian investigator - is seconded to aid the Spanish authorities in their manhunt. He alone can silence Cleland before the fugitive has the last, bloody, word.

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