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Dead Lands is a thrilling crime story set in the 1970s. When a woman’s body is found a special team is called in to investigate and prime suspect Alex Troy is arrested for the murder. Desperate to remain a free man, Troy protests his innocence, but refuses to use his alibi. Trying to protect the woman he loves becomes a dangerous game – questions are asked and suspicions deepen. When the prime suspect completes a daring escape from custody, DI Breck and DS Kearns begin the hunt. Breck wants out of the force while Kearns has her own agenda and seeks revenge. Breck has his suspicions and she wants to keep it from him, and a right-wing march provides an explosive backdrop to their hunt for Troy.
Lloyd Otis brings a startling account of the past back to life over a burgeoning ‘70s landscape, and delivers a thrilling piece of crime fiction that will excite any fan of the genre.
Matthew Smith, Publishing Director of Urbane, says – ‘When Urbane was founded the aim was always to create a platform to give debut writers a chance to shine, and the crime and thriller genre in particular has benefitted hugely from the new talent that continues to deliver such fantastic books. Lloyd is no exception. Dead Lands is not just a gripping thriller, with twists, turns and action any crime fan will relish; Lloyd has recreated a evocative slice of 70s history, tackling key cultural themes such as race and class with confidence and skill.’
Urbane has world rights, and will publish Dead Lands in paperback and ebook, October 2017.
A debut crime novel by Hugh Fraser.
‘What makes an innocent girl become a contract killer?’
Acapulco 1974: Rina Walker is on assignment. Just another another quick, clean kill. She wakes to discover her employer’s severed head on her bedside table, and a man with an AK 47 coming through the door of her hotel room. She needs all her skills to neutralise her attacker and escape. After a car chase, she is captured by a Mexican drug boss who needs her radiant beauty and ruthless expertise to eliminate an inconvenient member of the government.
Notting Hill 1956: Fifteen-year-old Rina is scavenging and stealing to support her siblings and her alcoholic mother. When a local gangster attacks her younger sister, Rina wreaks revenge and kills him. Innocence betrayed, Rina faces the brutality of the post-war London underworld – a world that teaches her the skill to kill…
“Hugh Fraser’s Harm is the perfect combination of action, mystery and intrigue. It also features some superbly constructed characters, who develop over the course of the story – which is a rarity in mystery novels.” – Benjamin Maio MackayRead More
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