Dead North

Book cover 'Dead North' by Joel HamesBy Joel Hames

Two dead cops and a suspect who won’t talk.

“intelligent, intricately woven” – S.E. Lynes
“It’s going to leave me with a thriller hangover for some time.” – John Marrs
“a white-knuckle, breathlessly-paced read that also has heart.” – Louise Beech

“A pacy thriller, rich in voice and with gratifying degree of complexity.” – John Bowen

Once the brightest star in the legal firmament, Sam Williams has hit rock bottom, with barely a client to his name and a short-term cash problem that’s looking longer by the minute. So when he’s summoned to Manchester to help a friend crack a case involving the murder of two unarmed police officers and a suspect who won’t say a word, he jumps at the chance to resurrect his career.

In Manchester he’ll struggle against resentful locals, an enigmatic defence lawyer who thinks he’s stepping on her toes, beatings, corrupt cops and people who’ll do anything to protect their secrets. On its streets, he’ll see people die. But it’s in the hills and valleys further north that Sam will face the biggest challenge of all: learning who he really is and facing down the ghosts of his past.

He’s working someone else’s case and he’s in way over his head. But sometimes you need the wrong man in the right place.

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The last quarter of the book was so exciting I had to stop myself trying to skim-read to find out what happened.  | Click here to see the review |