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Black Summer

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'Dark, sharp and compelling' PETER JAMES

'Fantastic' MARTINA COLE

'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' MATT HILTON

'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent' DAVID MARK
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After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .

Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He's currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?

And then Elizabeth goes missing again - and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.

Praise for Black Summer:

'Truly mind-blowing' A. A. Dhand

'A book that shines with tension, wit and invention' William Shaw

'Washington Poe - a rising giant in detective fiction' Alison Bruce

'A twisty thriller with a killer plot Ed James

'I loved this book!' Jo Jakeman

'One of the best British crime novels I've read in a long time . . . Simply an unputdownable page-turner' Nick Oldham

'Grabs you from the very first page. A dark and brilliantly twisted crime thriller, bringing back the inimitable Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw' Colin Falconer

'Dark and twisted in all the right places. Poe is a great mix of compelling, complex & charismatic, and well on his way to becoming one of the standout characters in crime fiction' Robert Scragg

'In Tilly and Poe, MW Craven has created a stand-out duo who are two of the most compelling characters in crime fiction in recent years. They deserve to join the ranks of Holmes and Watson, Rebus and Clarke, Hill and Jordan . . .' Fiona Cummins

'Dark, thrilling and unputdownable with sharply drawn characters that stride off the page' Victoria Selman
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 40mm | 620g
  • Constable
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472127463
  • 9781472127464
  • 9,373

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Grabs you from the very first page. A dark and brilliantly twisted crime thriller, bringing back the inimitable Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw. You have to leave your fingerprints all over it -- Colin Falconer One of the best British crime novels I've read in a long time. It's a great, brilliantly researched plot, not so much a whodunnit, more how the hell can that be? Simply an unputdownable page-turner -- Nick Oldham A twisty thriller with a killer plot, backed up by solid research with characters you'll want to keep spending time with -- Ed James Washington Poe - a rising giant in detective fiction -- Alison Bruce A brilliant start to what promises to be a fantastic series; get it now or kick yourself for missing out -- Graham Smith on The Puppet Show This book is twisted and dark and I loved it - not sure what that says about me -- Simon Toyne on The Puppet Show Washington Poe is a name destined to be spoken by crime fiction enthusiasts everywhere: Britain's answer to Harry Bosch . . . a wickedly, twisting and turning, mystery that will have readers breathlessly turning the pages until the final shocking conclusion -- Matt Hilton on The Puppet Show A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint-hearted! -- David Mark on The Puppet Show Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read -- Michael J. Malone So dark and twisty -- Elly Griffiths I cannot recall the last time I binge read a novel in 36 hours . . . truly mind-blowing -- A. A. Dhand Fantastic -- Martina Cole on The Puppet Show Gripping. Taut. Twisty -- Imran Mahmood Mike Craven is a forceful new voice in British crime fiction -- Caro Ramsay A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series -- Mick Herron on The Puppet Show A book that shines with tension, wit and invention -- William Shaw Dark, sharp and compelling -- Peter James on The Puppet Show
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About M. W. Craven

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, returning after 31 years to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.

His first novel featuring Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw, The Puppet Show, was published by Constable to huge acclaim, and was longlisted for the 2019 CWA Gold Dagger Award.

M. W. Craven lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn't out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can usually be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.
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172 ratings
4.83 out of 5 stars
5 87% (149)
4 11% (19)
3 2% (3)
2 0% (0)
1 1% (1)
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