Burned and Broken
By Mark Hardie
Peter James meets James Oswald in this gripping, gritty British crime debut
'Immensely impressive' The Times
'Accomplished' Sunday Times
A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.
The charred body of a policeman - currently the subject of an internal investigation - is found in the burnt-out-shell of his car on the Southend seafront.
To DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell of the Essex Police Major Investigation Team, the two events seem unconnected. But as they dig deeper into their colleague's murder, dark secrets begin to emerge.
Can Pearson and Russell solve both cases, before more lives are destroyed?
'A feast of intrigue' Choice magazine
Mark Hardie began writing full time after completely losing his eyesight in 2002. He has completed a creative writing course and an advanced creative writing course at the Open University, both with distinction.
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02 Jun 2016
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The investigation into a copper's dramatic death in downbeat Southend scoops a cast of equally downbeat characters into its net, and tensions rise as their stories fold around each other. An accomplished debut — The Sunday Times
Auspicious debut . . . finely drawn, overlapping story — Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
Emotional, intelligent, sensual & with such a strong voice, Burned & Broken by Mark Hardie is a crime debut that deserves huge success — Harry Illingworth (@Harryillers), Goldsboro Books
A very strong debut by someone whom I believe is going to become a household name. You heard it here first! A great story-line, with very real characters . . . Mark has created a new police partnership, with his main characters DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell: one from the dark ages of the Met, the other from the wrong side of the tracks. The partnership works really well, as you begin to empathise with the other main characters, plus Donna and Malc, a couple that you aren't likely to forget in a hurry! Read it for yourself, and then tell me that I'm wrong! It does exactly as it says on the cover, 'Burned and Broken' — Sainsburys Entertainment, 5 stars
Immensely impressive. — The Times
A feast of intrigue. — CHOICE magazine