THE MURDER RULE
12th May 2022
‘Gripping and full of tension, with twist after unexpected twist. You won’t just read The Murder Rule, you’ll devour it.’ Karin Slaughter
‘Dervla McTiernan has become one of my favourite writers, and if you read The Murder Rule, she will quickly become one of yours. This book is diabolically clever, highly compelling, and deeply moving. I loved The Murder Rule and did not want it to end.’ Don Winslow
‘The best legal thriller I’ve read in years’ Sarah Pinborough,
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.
I love a book that grabs you right from the start. It was twisty and full of turns and surprises. A slightly slow start that picks up quickly. I always like when the dual timeline is something other than flashbacks and in this one we have diary entries. It reminded me a little of How to Get Away with Murder and a love a legal thriller. I think this one will be talked about all summer.
Internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed writer Dervla McTiernan burst onto the writing scene with The Ruin, her crime debut set in Ireland. The Ruin is the first in the detective Cormac Reilly series and has been published in the United States, the UK and Ireland and in New Zealand and Australia, where it was a top ten bestseller.
Dervla spent twelve years working as a lawyer. Following the global financial crisis, she moved to Australia and turned her hand to writing. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla wrote a short story, The Roommate, which was shortlisted for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Competition. She went on to write The Ruin, and a string of other bestsellers. Dervla is a member of the Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers Association, and lives in Perth, Australia, with her husband and two children.