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    • Publication date:20 Jun 2019
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Black Summer

By M. W. Craven

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A dark and twisted crime novel, this is the eagerly anticipated follow up to M.W. Craven's The Puppet Show

'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James

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 M W Craven:

'Fantastic' Martina Cole

'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' Matt Hilton

'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent' David Mark

Biographical Notes

Although he was born in Cumbria, Mike Craven grew up in the North East before running away to join the army when he turned sixteen. After training as an armourer for two and a half years, he spent the next ten travelling the world having fun. In 1995 he left the army and completed a degree in social work, with specialisms in criminology, psychology and substance misuse. In 1999 he joined Cumbria Probation Service as a probation officer, working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later, he took the plunge and accepted redundancy to concentrate on writing. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals.

Between leaving the army and securing his first publishing deal, Mike found time to keep a pet crocodile, breed snakes, survive cancer and get married. He lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne, and his springer spaniel, Bracken.

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  • ISBN: 9781472127464
  • Publication date: 20 Jun 2019
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Constable
A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series — Mick Herron 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
A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint-hearted! — David Mark on The Puppet Show
Mike Craven is a forceful new voice in British crime fiction — Caro Ramsay
Washington Poe is a name destined to be spoken by crime fiction enthusiasts everywhere: Britain's answer to Harry Bosch. The Puppet Show is a wickedly, twisting and turning, mystery that will have readers breathlessly turning the pages until the final shocking conclusion — Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter series
This book is twisted and dark and I loved it - not sure what that says about me — Simon Toyne on The Puppet Show
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
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