Recent & upcoming book releases

DATDMDOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN

22 October 2015 (hardback & ebook); May 2016 (paperback):

I’m going to do you a favour: I’m going to tell you my name and then I’m going to give you thirty seconds to turn and run. If any of you are still here after those thirty seconds, then we’re going to have a problem.’

Jason Green’s life is changed for good after he is saved from a mugging by crime boss Harry Irwell. From there, he is drawn into Manchester’s underworld, where stomping into a newsagents and smashing the place up is as normal as making a cup of tea.

But Jason isn’t a casual thug. Fast cars and flash clothes don’t appeal – he’s biding his time and saving his money, waiting for the perfect moment to make a move.

That is until a woman walks into his life offering one thing that money can’t buy – salvation.

FOR RICHER, FOR POORER (Jessica Daniel 10)

4 February 2016:

Three houses have been burgled in five weeks. The robbers barge in through the back, disable any way to contact the outside world, and then ransack everything – before distributing the stolen cash to local charities.

It might be robbing from the rich to give to the poor – but DI Jessica Daniel is not a happy bunny. The new DCI has a whiteboard with far too many things on the ‘unsolved’ side and he wants the burglars found. Doesn’t he know she has other things to do?

There’s a lottery winner who’s gone bankrupt, the homeless teenager she’s taken in, the botched drugs raid, a trip to London with DC Archie Davey, and a man-mountain Serbian with a missing wife who’s been pimping out young women.

All the while, someone’s watching from the wings and waiting for Jessica to mess up. Officers are being pensioned off and booted out – with a certain DI Daniel firmly in their sights.

RESURGENCE (SILVER BLACKTHORN 3)

12 May 2016 (Australia, Canada, UK); 8 July 2016 (USA):

Teenagers of Britain: Your country needs you!
Looking for purpose in life?
Unsure what you want to be?
You could be an Offering.
All 16-year-olds will have the chance.
Take the Reckoning. Be your best. Serve your country.
Long live the King.

An entire country has been lied to.

Silver Blackthorn was supposed to be one of the privileged few, chosen to serve and help rebuild a shattered nation.

Instead she is a rebel.

Tales of her defiance have spread across the land. King Victor and the Minister Prime want her dead, the resistance groups are desperate for her help.

But Silver’s friends and family are in dire jeopardy, hiding no longer an option.

As her travels take her into the far reaches of an unknown land, she is forced to make new friends and hunt for new allegiances.

Final battle lines are being drawn. The time has come.

Then there’s the hardest choice of all: Opie or Imrin.

SOMETHING HIDDEN (ANDREW HUNTER 2)

21 July 2016:

Everyone hates Fiona Methodist.

Her war veteran father shot a young couple in broad daylight before killing himself. With all three dead, no one knows the motive, other than that the engaged pair witnessed a robbery and were due to give evidence.

But Fiona knows her dad didn’t do it. He couldn’t have – he’s her father and he wouldn’t do that…would he?

Private Investigator Andrew Hunter takes pity on the girl and, even with stolen bengal cats to find, plus an ex-wife who’s not quite so ‘ex’, he can’t escape the creeping feeling that Fiona might be right after all.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Late 2016:

When he was a teenager, Craig Macklin’s headteacher told him he was heading to either prison or the grave. Instead, Craig left the north of England, saying goodbye to his friends and family to start a new life.

Thirteen years on, redundant and separated from his wife, he returns for the first time.

It’s Christmas: markets in full swing, lights twinkling, shoppers shopping, revellers revelling.

Amid the season, there are secrets from which he cannot escape and, when debt-collectors attack his parents’ house, Craig realises the teenage hell-raiser he left behind might not be so buried after all.