“A deftly plotted, gripping, pulse-racing roller coaster of a thriller. If you haven’t read Martyn Waites before, then you’re in for a real treat. Stunning.” —Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Tom Killgannon, ex–undercover police officer and now in witness protection, is recalled to active service by a local police task force, headed by DS Sheridan. His mission is to befriend notorious child killer Noel Cunningham and find out where he buried the bodies of his final two victims.
The catch? Tom has to obtain that information from within Blackmoor Prison itself.
Undercover and with no backup, Tom soon runs into danger.
In the prison is convicted gangster Dean Foley. He used to run Manchester’s biggest gang, until Tom’s testimony put him away for life. He recognizes Tom, and so begins a cat-and-mouse game as Tom fights for survival before Foley can get his revenge.
But why can’t Tom reach DS Sheridan, and what is the real reason he has been sent to Blackmoor Prison?
“Relentlessly tense…Waites’s analysis of the bleak histories and psyches of his diverse and deeply developed characters is spot on.” —Publishers Weekly
“Waites’s pacing and plotting are deft and his prose sleek.” —Kirkus Reviews
Martyn Waites was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He trained at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama and worked as an actor for many years before becoming a writer. His novels include the critically acclaimed Joe Donovan series, set in the northeast of England, and The White Room, which was a London Guardian book of the year. In 2013 he was chosen to write Angel of Death, the official sequel to Susan Hill’s Woman in Black, and in 2014 won the Grand Prix du Roman Noir for Born under Punches. He has been nominated for every major British crime-fiction award and has also enjoyed international commercial success with eight novels written under the name Tania Carver.