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'Truly excellent. Terrific stuff. Tight, interesting and dark.' Dexter Petley

The Trauma Pool

DI Will Ashcroft saved a boy from drowning in the London Docklands. But the incident still haunts him.

Now Ashcroft is back in the Pennines, where he started out.

There has been a murder - and a twelve-year-old boy is missing.

The deeper Ashcroft delves into the crimes, the clearer it becomes that he cannot solve the cases on his own.

Samira Byrne is a black police officer, battling against prejudice both in and outside the force. Yet she is smart and tenacious - and becomes an ally.

Faced with incompetent superior officers, witnesses who are withholding information, and the suspicious behaviour of the missing boy's parents, Ashcroft and Byrne must risk everything to unravel secrets the valley has been keeping for over ten years.

Can Ashcroft outrun his past long enough to solve the cases?

The Kill Chain

DI Will Ashcroft, still haunted over a child murder case in London, returns to the north of England.

The murder of a young woman is perplexing local police. Ashcroft agrees to help. He finds that the killer is choosing victims from the emerging rave scene.

WDC Samira Byrne, suffering prejudice both in and outside her department, has been working undercover to infiltrate a gang of drug dealers, but she stumbles on a witness who has been targeted by the killer. Investigating without sanction or backup, Samira soon becomes a target herself.

Working through the incompetence which has kept the case unsolved, Ashcroft uncovers the link between the chain of victims.

Facing internal politics, corruption and self-serving ambition in senior officers, Ashcroft must work alone to find Samira.

But can he get to her while there is still time?

John Kennedy has been shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger and the Exeter prize.

Praise for John Kennedy:

'An engaging and intelligent follow up... Kennedy knows how to develop plots and characters.' Thomas Waugh

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  • Publication Date: May 11, 2021
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Print Length: 616 Pages
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