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The Murder List

The Murder List

A Novel of Suspense

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Forge Books


"An exhilarating thrill ride that keeps you turning pages.. Ryan deftly delivers a denouement as shocking as it is satisfying."--Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You

Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She's smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston's defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA's office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is--she’s wrong.

And in this cat and mouse game--the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

The Murder List is a new standalone suspense novel in the tradition of Lisa Scottoline and B. A. Paris from award-winning author and reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan.



We never fight. Not in the past six years, as long as we’ve been married. Not even in the months before that. It isn’t that Jack is always right or I’m always right. Usually our disagreements are...

Praise for The Murder List

"A cracker of a read--her best yet!"--BA Paris

“A fireworks display of a novel: exciting, explosive, relentless—and likely to leave you gasping.” —A J Finn

“Twisty, complex, dishy suspense…unfailingly entertaining.”— William Landay

“An exhilarating thrill ride that keeps you turning pages.”—Liv Constantine

“Utterly absorbing! Ryan is a master working at the top of her game.”— Riley Sager

“Put The Murder List at the top of your list of must-reads.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming

“Twisty, unpredictable, and utterly irresistible: Suspense at its finest.” —Jessica Strawser

“In this riveting novel of suspense by the absolute master of the genre, Ryan conjures the consummate twisty thriller.”—Erica Ferencik

“Put The Murder List at the top of your list of must-reads.”—Julia Spencer-Fleming

“Compelling...this will have readers' sympathies shifting from one character to another as it winds to an unsettling end."--Booklist


Reviews from Goodreads

Hank Phillippi Ryan

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN has won five Agatha Awards, in addition to the Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Award for her bestselling mystery novels. As an investigative reporter, her work has resulted in new laws, criminals sent to prison, homes saved from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution for victims and consumers. Along with her 34 Emmys and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank has received dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A former president of Sisters in Crime and founder of MWA University, she lives in Boston with her husband, a nationally renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney. She is the author of Trust Me and the Jane Ryland series, which begins with The Other Woman.

Meet the Author

August 20-29, 2019

Meet Hank Phillippi Ryan, investigative reporter and five-time Agatha Award-winning author, as she discusses her latest standalone suspense novel, The Murder List.



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