FINDING NEW VOICES
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The Future Can’t Wait is a contemporary novel set in multi-cultural Birmingham against a background of growing radicalisation of young people sympathetic to Islamic State.
Kendra Blackmore’s half-Iranian daughter Ariana (Rani) undergoes an identity crisis which results in her cutting off all contact with her family. Sick with worry and desperate to understand why her home loving daughter would do this, Kendra becomes increasingly desperate for answers – and to bring her estranged daughter home…Read More
A gripping political thriller set over two weeks in the aftermath of Brexit, Javelin will not disappoint fans of Detective Chief Inspector John Kerr. Two explosions in Victoria mark the beginning of a bombing campaign against banking institutions in London. The attacks bear the hallmarks of Irish republican dissidents but are disowned by IRA volunteers and politicians in Belfast. Kerr believes the bombs are the work of the extremist group Anti-Capitalist Insurrection, with attacks in London the first stage of a devastatingly deadly campaign across Europe…can Kerr stop them in time?
Javelin is book 3 in the bestselling John Kerr thriller series.Read More
“A 5 star belter of a thriller. Fraser captures the dark side of the 1960’s underworld and the fabulous energy of that decade with a glorious attention to detail” –Robert Daws, bestselling author of The Rock and The Poisoned Rock
‘Malice’ is book 3 in the bestselling Rina Walker series, following ‘Harm’ and ‘Threat’. London 1964. Gang warfare is breaking out and Rina Walker’s struggle to survive amid the battles and betrayals of a gruesome cast of racketeers and gangsters require all her considerable skills as an assassin. Playing one side off against the other to protect those she loves, Rina is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse where her life is just one many at stake…Read More
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.
Mining engineer John Spargo is distraught when his mother is attacked in her home and later dies from her injuries. Her home has been ransacked.
Determined to track down her killer and discover the truth behind her death, John finds a connection between his late father’s wartime mine and the wreck of a U-Boat. The connection deepens when he discovers the diaries of the U-Boat captain and a wartime mission to spirit Göring to safety along with a fortune in stolen art.
When John’s daughter Jez is kidnapped, he is contacted by a mysterious consortium her life hangs in the balance unless he can find the stolen art. What is the link with his father’s abandoned mine? Who was the U-Boat captain? Did he survive and hide Göring’s treasures?
John races against time to discover the truth…and in doing so may unearth secrets that were better left buried…Read More
The thrilling debut novel from the late, great Robin Hardy, director of The Wicker Man.
When the IRA kill Bill Heathcote’s family in a botched bombing attempt, the scene is set for a revenge thriller that pursues the truth to the very top of UK and US government power… The IRA plan the assassination of scientist Bill Heathcote, a Northern Irish man just returned from development work in the USA. But the assassination is botched and Bill’s wife and young daughter are murdered in a car bomb meant for him. Overcome with remorse, one of the bombers, Danny, decides to help Bill track down his former IRA comrades to exact revenge, though the situation is complicated by ruthless political powers determined to use the situation for their own ends. When a choice can literally mean the death of innocence, how will you decide?
Peace Breaks Out is a gripping revenge thriller set during the Troubles in Ireland. One for fans of Jack Higgins and Gerald Seymour.Read More
An American Gothic thriller of deception and obsession, slicked in sweat and set in the swamps of Louisiana. It’s a psychological mystery where the female protagonist stumbles into a deserted shack with no memory but a gun in her hand. There she meets an apparent stranger, Red, and the two find themselves isolated and under attack from unseen assailants.
Barricaded inside for a sweltering night, cabin fever sets in and brings her flashes of insight which might be memory or vision as the swamp sighs and moans around her.
Exploring in the dark she finds hidden keys that seem to reveal her identity and that of her mysterious host, but which are the more dangerous – the lies he’s told her, or the ones she’s told herself?Read More
‘Atmospheric, tense and thrilling. All the hallmarks of a top crime thriller. Sullivan and Broderick are destined to become two of our best-loved detectives’ –Adam Croft, bestselling author of ‘Her Last Tomorrow’
In London, the British Government has declassified a large number of top secret files regarding British Military Intelligence operations during World War Two. One file, concerning espionage operations on Gibraltar, has been smuggled out of the U.K. to Spain. It contains information that will draw Sullivan and Broderick into the dark and treacherous world of wartime Gibraltar. A place where saboteurs and espionage plots abounded. Where double and triple agents from Britain, Germany and Spain were at war in a treacherous and deadly game of undercover operations.
It is only a matter of time before past and present collide and a dangerous battle begins to conceal the truth about the Rock’s poisonous wartime history. Detectives Sullivan and Broderick become caught in a tangled web of intrigue and murder that will once again test their skills and working relationship to the very limit.
The Poisoned Rock is the second thrilling installment in the Sullivan and Broderick series.Read More
‘Rose McGinty has written a powerful debut novel that crackles with energy and shimmers with lyricism, shedding light on a world that is half hidden.’ SOPHIE DUFFY, author of Bright Stars
‘An enthralling novel; beguiling characters that leap off the page and a beautifully conjured world. Exquisite writing infused with a creeping tension held me spellbound.’ JANE ELMOR, author of My Vintage Summer
‘With its unique blend of exuberance and menace, Electric Souk is a journey and an adventure’ ISABEL COSTELLO, The Literary Sofa
‘Rose McGinty’s assured debut is evocative and claustrophobic with a creeping sense of dread and paranoia. It leaves you knowing that you can never be exactly sure what is going on.’ AMANDA SAINT, author of As If I Were A River
‘It hooks you from the start, as west meets middle east in the heat…of affairs and mistrust…’ TOM HOCKNELL, author of The Life Assistance Agency
‘An urgent book, telling a tale of travellers at a time when borders are being reinforced, especially between us and the Middle East. Beautifully rendered and a gripping read.’ – PADRAIG BELTON, foreign correspondent and BBC contributor
“A stunning debut. Breathtaking, transporting. Taste the desert’s dust, feel the sweat and exquisite anxieties of this life defining adventure.” DR PETER HOMA, NHS Leader
Ireland’s gone bust, and with it Aisling Finn’s life. She flees austerity for adventure in the desert. But the Arabia she finds is not that of her dreams. Everyone is chasing a fast buck, a fast woman and another G&T. Expats and locals alike prickle with paranoia.
Debonair fixer, Brian Rothmann, charms Aisling with champagne brunches and nights at Bedouin camps. But is Brian a hero or a desperate expat prepared to go to any lengths to get what he wants? Is this Aisling? Or is he using her as bait? Her only hope is Hisham, a local activist. But where do his loyalties lie?
Aisling faces severe peril when the sleazy expat and blood-lusting desert worlds collide, as the Arab Spring erupts. She has to ask, whom can she trust? Can she trust her instincts? Humanity blisters in this haunting, lyrical thriller about trust and treachery.
This gripping debut novel publishes March 2017.Read More
1798. Three people, two brutal murders, and a single promise…Golo Eck is searching for the fabled lost library of The Lynx, Europe’s first scientific society, founded in 1603. Fergus, his friend and fellow adventurer, is on the trail of the legend in Ireland when he becomes embroiled in the uprising of the United Irish against English rule. His only hope of escape is Greta, a courageous messenger for the United Irish cause. Following the bloody battles of New Ross and Vinegar Hill, Fergus is missing, and Greta is on the run.Golo meanwhile suspects other forces are on the trail of the Lynx, and he heads to Holland in pursuit. When Golo’s ship founders and he disappears, his ward Ruan is left to fend for himself, a stranger in a strange land.Can Ruan pursue the trail to the lost library? Will Golo and Fergus be found? Can Greta escape Ireland with her very life? And will the truth of the Legacy of the Lynx finally be revealed?Award winning writer Clio Gray has written a thrilling adventure story, steeped in historical fact and legend, that will keep readers gripped to the very last page.Read More
A young blind woman receives the world’s first and miraculous binocular eye transplant, but questions surround the operation. Why was she selected? And why is a major charity so keen to put up the huge amount of collateral to make the operation happen?
Enter Niall Burnet, unemployed and visually impaired journalist, who believes all is not as it appears and searches for answers. Using his network of contacts he begins to unearth a conspiracy in the higher echelons of the charity, a conspiracy determiend to ensure the transplant is a “heroic failure”.
When an ex-girlfriend is blinded, his guide dog is knocked down in a hit and run, and a doctor commits suicide, Niall joins forces with the “miracle patient” to find out the truth, a truth that will threaten their very lives.Read More
Seemingly ordinary and innocent people suddenly start to become the victims of a vicious killer on an international scale – but with no motive and no pattern, who will be next and how can he be stopped?
A series of apparently unconnected murders takes place in equally disconnected locations all over the world. In fact, they are the result of one man’s obsessive mind, arising from a series of slights and disappointments since childhood for which he seeks methodical and terrible revenge. Because of the geographical spread of his mysterious, ‘motiveless’ murders, they might normally be impossible to solve, but inexperienced but ambitious police psychologist Alice Diamond may unwittingly hold the dramatic key to his capture….
A gripping thriller in the best traditions of Barbara Vine, Patricia Highsmith and Val McDermidRead More
The Rwandan Hostage is the second volume of Christopher Lowery’s African Diamonds Trilogy and continues the tale of corruption, murder and greed that began with the bestselling The Angolan Clan. Heroine Jenny Bishop is back with a vengeance! The abduction of her nephew at the world cup final in South Africa brings to light a long-hidden event in her sister’s history, which heralds a terrifying threat to the lives of her closest family. In a desperate attempt to find her nephew and bring him to safety, Jenny joins forces with ex-Chief Inspector, now private investigator, Pedro Espinoza. Together they uncover an international conspiracy dating back to the horrific events of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Jenny is in a race against time to find the abductors, before the damning revelations threaten to tear her family apart. Set against a European-African backdrop, the fast-paced plot twists and turns in a gripping series of events and action. The Rwandan Hostage is a compelling international mystery that will enthral all thriller fans, in the best traditions of Gerald Seymour, Frederick Forsyth and Richard North Patterson.Read More
Only his music could reveal the truth……
The career of acclaimed cellist, Iain Millar, is in tatters. Allegations of sexual harassment while teaching in a girl’s school have left him
unemployable, and he soon spirals into depression. Iain sees himself as a failure and falls into a dark place where his cello playing provides the only
When fresh revelations appear to implicate Iain in the abuse of his ambitious wife, Una Carrington, the world is quick to decide his guilt. Iain’s precious
antique cello then disappears, and even music is lost to him.
Fergus O’Neal, a fellow string player, sets out to recover the missing instrument and Iain’s only hope of redemption…….
The Cruelty of Lambs will publish this October.Read More
Sometimes growing up is seeing someone else’s side of the story. Four stories. One truth. Whom do you believe?
Callum has a family secret. Yasmine wants to know it. Juliette thinks nobody knows hers. All Ruby wants is to reinvent herself.
They are brought together by circumstance, torn apart by misunderstanding. As new relationships are forged and confidences are broken, each person’s version of events is coloured by their background, beliefs and prejudices. And so the ingredients are in place for a year shaped by lust, betrayal, and violence…
Lost in Static is the gripping debut from author Christina Philippou. Whom will you trust?
Lost in Static has already received some fantastic reviews:
What a powerful read Lost in Static is. It opens dramatically and we find ourselves drawn into the events leading to this point throughout the narrative. I found the experience of reading Lost in Static a bit like eating a millefeuille slice as there were so many layers to it. (Linda’s Book Bag)
Kept thinking about the characters even when I was away from the book and couldn’t wait to come back to it to read more. A really intelligent and intuitive first novel from the author. (Mrs Bloggs’ Books)
The beauty of it is we actually begin to see into the minds of these young people and a myriad of friends, how they generally spend their days, what they are thinking, how friendships are formed but just as quickly wrenched apart by betrayal. It is absolutely fascinating and addictive reading. (Ali the Dragonslayer)
The author has done a brilliant job of keeping the reader in a state of suspense until the plot starts unravelling (Mychestnutreadingtree)
Considering there were four main characters, I am seriously impressed with the character development in this book. It felt like I was at University with them. These characters stay with you long after you reach the brilliant ending. (Many Books Many Lives)
[Lost in Static] just seems to offer just that little something more and is truly unique. I’d struggle to compare it to anything else – it’s THAT good that it really stood out on its own for me. I adored Christina’s writing; it was so easy to read and the way in which she brings her characters to life is fantastic. (Bookaholic Holly)
Not only does Christina tackle a multi-narrative structure for this her debut novel, but how well she executes it and the switches between narrators remain seamless throughout. (Poppy Peacock Pens )
The author has done a magnificent job of telling one story from the point of view of four different protagonists while still keeping the story flowing and holding the readers interest. (The Haphazardous Hippo)
I loved the flavour of this one – the author has a beautiful turn of phrase that just immerses you into the tale, it is a realistic and compelling snapshot of university life – often the very first sense of freedom you get as you grow into the adult you become. (Liz Loves Books)
The characters really grab the reader’s attention and it is hard not to get so wrapped up in what is going on in their lives. I actually felt like I was at uni with them and experiencing all they were going through. A suspenseful and gripping debut by an author who is without a doubt one to watch out for. (bytheletterbookreviews)
This is an incredibly well-crafted story which is gripping and enthralling, when I read this I was sucked into it and the time just disappeared. (Bookloverwormblog)
I loved the way this book is written… It was a very refreshing and enjoyable read. Fast paced and full of suspense. Very cleverly written. (Chat About Books)
I have to say that I was gripped until the very end. But what really intrigued me was the way in which these four characters told their version of events, one story, but each completely different. This is the real joy of this book. (Brew and Books Review)
It’s cleverly done… Never assume you know what someone is thinking! (Vikbat)
Philippou has to convince us not only of her ability to write authentically from four points of view, but also of her ability to write from a male perspective as well as a female one. And convince us she does. There is no doubt Philippou can write. (BiblioManiac)Read More
A serial killer is leaving a rather horrible trail of messy murders across London and William Shakespeare, crime scene cleaner, is on his tail, armed with a mop, determination and an inquiring mind. After cleaning the room in which his half-brother, Kit Marlow, had been knifed to death, Shakespeare starts up his own crime scene cleaning business, Incarnadine, picking up know-how from the net and on the job.
Following a series of clues gleaned from other crime scenes, Shakespeare is soon piecing together suspect profiles and likely modus operandi. Out Damned Spot! has our hero cleaning up after every crime committed in the works of William Shakespeare but given contemporary settings. The masterminds behind the actual crimes are based on the writers whose stories Shakespeare ‘stole’……needless to say it’s a comedy crime thriller!Read More
Fade to Dead is the first in a series of fast-paced, gritty, crime novels, featuring ballsy, newly promoted DI, Jessica Wideacre.
A serial killer, The Director, is on the loose in South London. He’s snatching young women off the street to ‘act’ in his movies. He’s got a type: barely legal, blonde and beautiful. Newly promoted DI Jessica Wideacre is tasked with heading up the investigation. But with few clues to go on and a rising body count, Jessica begins to fear she isn’t up to the job. Her boss is breathing down her neck. Her marriage is in jeopardy and the pressure is driving her to drink. Meanwhile, The Director has another victim in his sights. He’s rolled out the red carpet, he’s got a killer script, and now he’s got his star. It’s a dream role, but not for her…..
See the book trailer here
‘When she sent that text, all our lives changed for ever…’
51 year old Tori Williams’ life implodes when she sends a text while driving on the M62 motorway and allegedly causes the horrific crash in which three people die. Public and press are baying for her blood, but Tori is no wallflower and refuses to buckle under their pressure or be a pariah in society. Instead, she sets about saving the nation. But can she save Etta, the woman who saved her life? Or will Etta’s secret be her downfall?
This incredibly topical and contemporary morality tale appeals across generations and will find favour with fans of authors such as Liane Moriarty, Marian Keyes and Kathryn Croft.Read More
“Jo Ely’s superb debut novel combines the vision of Russell Hoban and Ursula Le Guin with her own unique talents as a powerful and poetic storyteller.” Roman Krznaric
Nothing is quite as it appears in New Bavarnica. Everything is run by The General, alongside his collaborator, the village shopkeeper. The General rules by menace and unimaginable cruelties – everyone in Bavarnica knows their place and is kept in it. Everyone that is except Antek, the Egg Boy, a government-made machine with a chink in his system. Everyone except Zorry the slave, who spends her nights hunting lethal plants in the killing forest. Everyone except Jengi, the shopkeeper’s ‘tame’ assistant, and last surviving member of the notorious Digger tribe. Together, can they find the courage to fight back?
STONE SEEDS is a beautifully crafted dystopian action thriller. Its all too real characters must use every last ounce of their courage, ingenuity and flawed humanity to keep hope alive in a world gripped by fear.
“A very distinct voice … at times no less than stunning … wonderful, poetic prose … The subject matter is a stroke of genius. Fascinating.” – bestselling author Sophie King
“Ely’s fictional voice resonates with raw emotion, and her writing is as tactile as the damp walls and the crack in the ceiling of Antek’s cell. The simplest description can be imbued with a complexity of feeling and meaning. Her characters seem rendered with great tenderness, a tenderness that can only inspire in the reader empathy and affection.” – Sandra Tyler, Author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Blue Glass
Do you want to live forever?
Ben Ferguson-Cripps is a struggling writer with a surname that gets more comments than his waning blog. In desperation Ben sets aside his literary ambitions to join the newly established and enigmatic Life Assistance Agency. The agency’s first case is to trace a missing person with links to the Elizabethan angel-caller Dr John Dee. Pursued by a shadowy organisation – and the ghosts of Ben’s past – the trail leads them on a white-knuckle ride through Europe into the historic streets of Prague.
As forces meet in a deadly climax, the long-buried secrets of Dr Dee’s achievements are finally revealed…and Ben will discover there is always more to life.
Like the cover for The Life Assistance Agency? You can reach the brilliantly talented designer at http://www.nicandlou.comRead More
Libby Butler’s life is a mess. Her career as a solicitor in a prestigious London law firm is going nowhere fast, just like the ill-advised affair with her boss. Then a terrifying, life-threatening encounter with the notorious Vampire Killer, a knife-wielding serial murderer, leaves Libby with her courage and confidence shattered.
Desperate to pick up the pieces of her life, duty calls Libby to the cells of a Metropolitan police station in the middle of the night. There she meets mysterious and enigmatic stranger Gabriel Radley, a man on intimate terms with danger and who has a habit of disappearing from police custody. Gabriel is searching for a Stone he has lost, its value beyond human imagination, that will help bring a monster to justice.
When Libby agrees to help him find the Stone she senses a chance at redemption, but unwittingly plunges headfirst into a series of events that threaten to tear her world apart. A cult called The Awakened, a gangland thug and his vicious henchman, a deadly female assassin, a dedicated detective chief inspector and even the Vampire Killer – all become embroiled in the chase for the Stone and influenced by the elemental force that is Gabriel.
As the death toll rises, Libby is forced to face her true self, learn the ultimate value of life and discover the potent significance of the Sleeping Warrior within.
The novel is an action-packed exploration of good versus evil and its blend of realism and fantasy absolutely works. What a debut! One of my favourite reads of the year so far. – Lucy Literati
This is an intriguing blend of crime and urban fantasy with a sassy heroine you’d want on your side in a fight. Atmospheric and captivating. Can’t wait to see what Sara Bain comes up with next – Michael Malone
DCI Jack Austin – Jane to his friends and the not so friendly – knew he shouldn’t have come in to work. Following a terrorist bomb, an incident with a tutu and a hangover that would fell an elephant, investigating dead dogs, dodging bullets and being pulled sopping wet from a naval harbour is not conducive to a sunny disposition. But when the Head of Armed Forces and a City Banker are brutally murdered what’s a dashing DCI to do?
FORCE, a powerful Star Chamber, is under threat and Jack will need to go deep undercover to get to the bottom of the sinister plot. As revelations and rocket attacks threaten to turn his world upside down (and ruin his best pair of trousers), Jack will need courage, skill and a huge dose of lady luck if he is to bring the perpetrators of a nefarious plot that goes all the way to the Prime Minister’s office to justice.
As the trail leads to a showdown at the Albert Hall, Jack Austin, quintessential jumped up barrow boy and Portsmouth’s very own self-styled national icon, must fight to save his reputation, the country, and the lives of those who matter most. And work out just what a dead dog has to do with it all……
A Barrow Boy’s Cadenza is out now! And if you buy a paperback copy we will donate £1 to Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association – also known as Footprints. So now you can enjoy a fantastic new novel AND support a very worthy cause.
Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association is committed to improving the lives of children across South Hampshire, by providing friendship, advice and a range of specialist and progressive educational services from birth, which they wouldn’t otherwise receive. Through their activities and social opportunities, they help enable children to develop the vital skills they need to succeed, and become valued and productive members of society. To find out more, please visit www.portsmouthdsa.orgRead More
Sometimes the only choice is an escape to perdition…..
Prague 2015. Herbert Biely, aged hero of the Prague Spring, stands on the brink of an historic victory, poised to reunite the Czech and Slovak Republics twenty-six years after the Velvet Revolution. The imminent Czech elections are the final stage in realising his dream of reunification, but other parties have their own agendas and plans for the fate of the region. A shadowy collective, masked as an innocuous European Union Institute, will do anything to preserve the status quo.
Institute operative Peter Lowe’s mission is to prevent reunification by the most drastic of measures. Yet Peter is not all that he seems – a deeply troubled man, desperate to escape the past, his resentment towards himself, his assignment and his superiors deepens as he questions not just the cause, but his growing feelings for the mission target.
As alliances shift and the election countdown begins, Prague becomes the focal point for intrigue on an international scale. The body count rises, options fade, and Peter’s path to redemption is clouded in a maelstrom of love, deception and murder – can he confront his past to save the future?
Escape to Perdition is the debut novel from author James Silvester and is available now!
You can view the Escape to Perdition book trailer HERERead More
1974/5: After the ‘Revolution of the Carnations’, Portugal is transformed into a communist state. Capitalists are ruthlessly persecuted and the liberated Portuguese colony of Angola is thrust into one of the bloodiest civil wars in history. The fabled Angolan diamond mines are closed down, but not before a group of refugees escape with a hoard of the precious gems. Their lives promise wealth and success, but a legacy of revenge and greed will eventually find them all, with fatal consequences…..
2008: A millionaire businessman drowns in the swimming pool of his mansion in Marbella; a wealthy Frenchman is killed while skiing in the Swiss Alps; and a Portuguese playboy and a prostitute are found murdered together in a seedy New York apartment.
The series of seemingly unconnected deaths sets two women – Jenny Bishop, a young English widow, and Angolan born Leticia da Costa – on a terrifying journey into the past to revisit the Portuguese revolution and the Angolan civil war. Together they begin to unlock a 30 year old mystery that promises to change their lives forever – if they survive to reveal the truth.
THE ANGOLAN CLAN takes the reader on a heart-stopping roller coaster ride, from past to present and back again. It is a deadly intercontinental treasure hunt laced with secrets, deceit and murder. The prize is a fortune in Angolan diamonds…..or death at the hands of a pathological killer.
“It started low and soft, but grew slowly, increasing in pitch and volume into an unceasing scream so loud and so desperate it pierced his primeval soul. The detective was stunned, his mind blank. On the ragged edges of his consciousness a prophecy took hold. He could see, with shattering clarity, that there would never again be a time in his life when that scream did not exist.”
London, 1986. A newspaper editor is horrifically murdered, his death quickly followed by a series of more brutal, and often bizarre, slayings. The police are baffled, the only clear link between the murders being a single blood red rose left at the scene of every killing. Why? What does the rose mean? What connects the killer to each bloody corpse?
Scotland Yard detective Alan Winters leads a hunt for the elusive prey. As the body count rises, Jennifer Chapman, renowned investigative journalist and daughter of the murdered newspaper editor, sets out on a personal quest for revenge.
Drawn together in their pursuit of a deadly quarry, Winters and Jennifer unwittingly face a fatal surprise, for the killer is closer than they think. As they close in on the truth of the blood red rose, their unseen foe plots a shattering end to his reign of terror, and death awaits them all…..
STOP PRESS!! You can now enjoy a short film of the launch of Influence and discover why it is such a unique thriller – and why Urbane thought it as such an important novel to publish.
We are delighted to launch groundbreaking new thriller Influence by Nottingham-based author Chris Parker.
Influence kills…Influence is the greatest force on earth. Influence equals power, the power to affect people and events. The most powerful people alive have the greatest influence. And they can use it for good or bad. Marcus Kline is the world’s leading authority on communication and influence. He can tell what you are thinking. He can see inside you. He can step inside your mind.
In global demand as a consultant, Marcus Kline shares his expertise with world leaders, corporate giants and global media stars. Confident, self- assured and controlling, Marcus revels in his unparalleled skill.
Yet when a series of murder victims bear the horrific hallmarks of an intelligent and remorseless serial killer, Detective Inspector Peter Jones turns to Marcus for help – and everything changes.
As the killer sets a deadly pace, the invisible, irresistible and terrifying power of influence threatens friendships, reputations, and lives. When events appear to implicate the great Marcus Kline himself, everyone learns that the worst pain isn’t physical…
Set in contemporary Nottingham, Influence introduces readers to Marcus Kline, confident, and arrogant, communications consultant and expert who is about to discover that not every situation can be analysed and controlled. Somewhere between Derren Brown in full control mode, and Tim Roth’s Dr Cal Lightman in Lie to Me, is Marcus Kline a potential victim – or a sadistic and clever killer? Will you like Marcus? Will you hate him? You’ll very likely do both, and you’ll be influenced every step of the way, just like those in Marcus’s life.
At a time when we are increasingly driven by the power of communication, and the implications of persuasiveness, this is a timely, topical and frightening journey through the evil that influence can truly do.
The book is supported by a unique and exciting website at marcuskline.co.ukRead More
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