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    • Publication date:06 Apr 2017
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His First Lie

One detective. One killer. One shared secret.

By Mark Hill

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Biographical Notes

Mark Hill is a London-based full-time writer of novels and scripts. Formerly he was a journalist and a producer at BBC Radio 2 across a range of major daytime shows and projects. He has won two Sony Gold Awards.

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  • ISBN: 9780751571875
  • Publication date: 01 Feb 2018
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A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down. — Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice
A cracking debut. I can't wait to see more of Ray Drake. — Mark Billingham
Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters - and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling! — Louise Voss
A delight of a book that wreaks havoc with your assumptions in a delicious Highsmithian manner. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him. — Alex Marwood
Enter DI Ray Drake, the flawed, sharply-drawn lead of this promising new series. The author has an unerring ability to give incidents a biting sense of reality — Sunday Times (Crime Club Best Debuts of the Year)
Ambitiously complex and compelling, Two O'Clock Boy left me deliciously uncomfortable and blindsided by that final twist! — Angela Clarke
Two O'Clock Boy is surely going to be the hardest debut of 2017 to beat. What a story and what a superb writer! — Alex Gray
As poignant as it is gripping. — Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
An assured, dark and gritty debut marking the start of what looks like a great series — Stav Sherez
An unsettling and powerful story. The plot cleverly weaves past and present - with shocking, edge-of-the-seat twists until its heart-stopping finale — David Young, author of Stasi Child
Fiercely fresh and wonderfully written. DI Drake is a marvellous creation and I can't wait to read more — SJI Holliday
A compelling read, packed with unexpected twists and explosive secrets, that builds to a shocking and unforgettable climax. A fantastic debut. — Rod Reynolds
Mark Hill has written a brilliant debut with characters that linger in the subconscious long after reading. I devoured The Two O'Clock Boy and can't wait to see what he does next. He's a real talent. — Steve Cavanagh
A cracking debut from a talent to watch — Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle
I loved The Two O'Clock Boy! It's gripping and scary and twisty and unpredictable — Valentina Giambanco
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Enough cunning plot twists to keep you hooked right up to the nerve-jangling denouement. — Paul Burston
DI Drake is the flawed detective most of us can only dream of writing — Isabelle Grey
Twisty, gripping and gritty, Two O'Clock Boy is an exciting start to a major new crime series — Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door
Unputdownable! — Claire Evans, author of The Fourteenth Letter
A superb final twist — Morning Star
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