by Patrick Radden Keefe 

“A masterful history of the Troubles. . . Extraordinary. . .As in the most ingenious crime stories, Keefe unveils a revelation — lying, so to speak, in plain sight.”—Maureen Corrigan, NPR

From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions

In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville’s children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress–with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.

Interview with the Author

The Fifth Column
146 – w/ Patrick Radden Keefe “Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ and a notorious murder mystery”
7/10/19        74 min

Longform Podcast
Ep. 334 Patrick Radden Keefe
3/13/19        62 min

The Book Review
A Gripping Political Mystery in Northern Ireland
3/1/19        66 min

Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes
The Ghosts of a Dirty War with Patrick Radden Keefe
4/16/19        55 min

Now That’s A Great Story
Episode 21: “Say Nothing”: Patrick Radden Keefe on The Troubles
10/21/19       61 min

The Lawfare Podcast
Patrick Radden Keefe on ‘Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
2/15/20        47 min


Talks at GS
Patrick Radden Keefe, Author of “Say Nothing: A True STory Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland”
10/30/19      26 min

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