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by Lee Wood

After a U.S. marshal and herprisoner are gunned down outside of London’s Heathrow Airport before the prisoner can testify against her boyfriend, the head of a violent animal-rights group, Leeds Detective Sergeant Keen Dunliffe doesn’t seem like the right man for the case. But with an American federal agent dead and homegrown terrorists on the loose, Keen’s undercover experience and knowledge of Yorkshire—the terrorists’ backyard—come into play.He’s ordered to head up a sting operation with Rachel Colver, an inexperienced police constable, who may have personal ties that will help her infiltrate the animal-rights group. However, Keen is worried about a plan that puts Rachel in obvious peril. The two hunker down and start working the case from the inside—while at the same time the most widespread outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease ever to strike the English countryside is decimating livestock. Brutal extremists and police politics collide in a plot involving murder, intimidation, smuggling, and blackmail—with lethal consequences—in Kingdom of Silence, the second mystery inLee Wood’srichly imagined and superbly nuanced series featuring DS Keen Dunliffe.

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ISBN: 0312340311
ISBN13: 978-0312340315
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Lee Wood
Language: English
Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 17, 2009)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1770 kb
FB2 size: 1355 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 472
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The author has gone back to the beginning of the century and laid out a horror story, but done in such a way that you never want to stop reading because you can't stomach the words. Yes, the story is horrendous, and everyone in the United States should be reminded of what the British went through faced with a disaster that no one really knew how to overcome -- except by killing. Farmers in this country face economic hardships here today, but I would like to believe that the powers that be would use a better system of controlling a disease that wiped out cattle farmers, dairy farmers, sheep farmers, people who were raising goats and pets belonging to countless chldren. Foot and mouth disease must be taken seriously. This novel, though, is a police procedural with a really likeable hero. By keeping the slaughter thread lying just beneath the main thread, you can absorb this disaster and then think about it, over and over, while you're falling asleep at night and saying a prayer that it could never happen here! I learned a lot while enjoying the story. What a great job by the author.
I truly enjoyed it. Why? Because the form of a novel allows the author to include facts in intelligible form without being scientifically drab. Admitted, I prefer non-fiction, but sometimes even I just want to get entertained. Kingdom Of Silence still qualifies as a great pool book for the not-yet brainless.
I only bought it because a long lost cousin wrote it. I hope that I get to read it soon
furious ox
The novel begins with a teaser, a loathsome device designed to catch readers browsing in bookstores. The main effect of most teasers to mislead readers. In this case, the teaser misleads most reviewers. In the teaser, pregnant woman (Eunice Connor) is extradited from the U.S. to Britain. When she arrives, she and her escort officer (Kim Prescott) are murdered at the airport. That constitutes 95% of the action in the entire novel. Other than the fact that Connor is an animal rights activist, the chapter has no relationship to the "central story", nor any of the side-stories. I suspect that this atypical "action" chapter was ("after-the-fact") demanded by (perhaps even written by) the book's editor.

In the "central story" of "Kingdom of Silence", Detective Sergeant Keen Dunliffe and (novice) Constable Rachel Colver are assigned (away from their normal duties) to investigate the illegal importation of parrots. The investigation bumbles along month after month with little or no progress until (just before being murdered) one of the members of an animal rights organization (and friend of Rachel) sends Rachel a package by post, documenting nefarious activities by the organization. At least several members of the organization are arrested and Dunliffe and Colver are reassigned back to their former duties. That's it, the whole story, and almost as complete as in the novel.

Despite comments of other reviewers, "Kingdom of Silence" is NOT a police procedural. It is NOT action packed, it is not even action driven. The pace is NOT "unrelenting", rather it is plodding. The ending is NOT "explosive", indeed it is abrupt and unsatisfying--a flat dud.

However shortcomings of the "central story" are pretty-much irrelevant. The "central story" is primarily a vehicle for various side-stories. The dominant side-story, which has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the "central story", is the true story of the "hoof-and-mouth" epidemic of 2001 in Britain. The story of the botched and perhaps partially unnecessary slaughter of thousands of farm animals is told in reprinted or reworded newspaper articles, which vividly relate the uncertainty and horror of the times for the rural population

The other side stories are "relationship sketches" or "scenes" (not complete stories with a begining, development, and resolution). Among these are Dunliffe's continuing conflicts with his ex-wife, and doomed relationship with Jullie Waltham, an American archeologist working on a local dig.

Interestingly, the author devotes much space to the differences between male and female communication styles. Ironically, this novel is itself a perfect case study in the differences between how men and women (e.g., the author) tell stories. As the author expounds: women tend to be skilled in both male and female styles of conversation, while most men are easily bored by (and have no skill in) female conversational style. Therefore, men are likely to be deeply dissatisfied with Wood's style, feeling the need for more structure. Women are likely to enjoy the character development, not caring about the lack of any plot. Of course, this brings into question Wood's contention that women are skilled in male conversational style---Wood herself certainly is not.

Most other reviews are really only rehashes of the first few chapters. These are a "dustbin" of unrelated, and largely irrelevant, backstory materials which mostly serve to confuse the reader who has no context in which to fit the scraps.

Despite these significant caveats, the character development and relationship stories are imaginative, perceptive, and intriguing.

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In 2001, with hoof and mouse disease leading to the slaughter of cattle, veteran US Marshal Kim Prescott escorts convicted felon Eunice Connor, a member of the violent Justice for Animals Defense Alliance (JADA), from the UK to the States. Their plane stops at Heathrow where the law enforcement official and her prisoner disembark when a motorcycle rider shoots Prescott and Connor; killing both.

Authorities on both sides of the pond assume JADA secrets were kept concealed by silencing permanently Connor. Yorkshire Detective Superintendent Keen Dunliffe leads an undercover operation to bring the JADA chief to justice using tyro Constable Rachel Colver as bait; a plan he dislikes as Rachel may easily become collateral damage. Nothing goes smooth on the maneuver, but Dunliffe keeps a stiff upper lip as he tries to complete the mission and get Rachel out safely; two goals that seem in conflict.

The second Yorkshire Dunliffe police procedural (see KINGDOM OF LIES) is an action-packed thriller that starts with an explosive opening and never slows down through a volatile middle until the explosive climax. Dunliffe is terrific as he struggles between the moral dilemmas of the potential sacrifice of one person vs. the safety of many. JADA also adds ethical questions though the group has chosen to sacrifice humans for their animal rights cause. Fans of British police procedurals will enjoy this fine entry even if the operation is somewhat by the sub-genre book.

Harriet Klausner