Jacket for 'The Silent Room'


UK - Macmillan
USA - St. Martin's Press

The Silent Room

By Mari Hannah

Published Nov 2015

DCI Matthew Ryan Book 1

A security van sets off for Durham prison, a disgraced Special Branch officer in the back. It never arrives. En route it is hijacked by armed men, the prisoner sprung. Suspended from duty on suspicion of aiding and abetting the audacious escape of his former boss, Detective Sergeant Matthew Tryan is locked out of the manhunt.

Desperate to preserve his career and prove his innocence, the backs off. But when the official investigation falls apart, under surveillance and with his life in danger, Ryan goes dark, enlisting others in his quest to discover the truth.

When the trail leads to the suspicious death of a Norwegian national, Ryan uncovers an international conspiracy that has claimed the lives of many.


The explosive opening of The Silent Room introduces a gripping thriller with a very human face. Nobody understands the many faces of cops better than Mari Hannah.
Val McDermid