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    • ISBN:9780751573848
    • Publication date:01 Mar 2018
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His First Lie

Can you guess the killer twist?

By Mark Hill

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Mark Hill's debut HIS FIRST LIE is the gripping, twist-filled start to a fantastic new London-set crime thriller series starring morally corrupt DI Ray Drake - the perfect new addiction for fans of Luther

**THE GRIPPING THRILLER PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS TWO O'CLOCK BOY**

'A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down'
Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice

Do you want a thriller that grips from the first line?

Do you want a thriller to leave you gasping for air?

Connor Laird frightens people: he's intense, he's fearless, and he seems to be willing to do anything to protect himself and those he loves. He arrives in the Longacre Children's Home seemingly from nowhere, and instantly becomes hero and villain to every other child there.

Thirty years later, someone is killing all of those who grew up in the Longacre, one by one. Each of them has secrets, not least investigating cop DI Ray Drake.

One by one the mysteries of the past are revealed as Drake finds himself in a race against time before the killer gets to him.

Who is killing to hide their secret?

And can YOU guess the ending?


'Grips from the start and never lets up'
The Times

'Wreaks havoc with your assumptions. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him'
Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls and The Darkest Secret

'A cracking debut. I can't wait to see more of Ray Drake.'
Mark Billingham, #1 bestselling author of Love Like Blood and In The Dark

'Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters - and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!'
Louise Voss

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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A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down. — Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice
Grips from the start and never lets up — The Times
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
At a stroke, Mark Hill has joined the upper echelons of London crime writers — Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
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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