The stunning second crime novel by award-winnier Jacob Ross delves deeply into issues of family, class, friendship and loyalty, and asks just how far a person should go to protect those they love.
On the Caribbean island of Camaho, forensics expert Michael 'Digger' Digson is in deep trouble.
Miss Stanislaus, his friend and fellow CID detective, kills a man in self-defence, but their superiors believe it was murder, and he's given just six weeks to prove otherwise - six weeks in which Digger catches a shocking roadside murder and the Justice Minister attempts to break up the unit, and with it bury the pair and their unconventional boss, DS Chilman.
As Digger and Miss Stanislaus delve further into the tangled mesh of murders on the island, they discover a thread of crime, cruelty and corruption that suggests a storm is due to break over Camaho at any moment.
PRAISE FOR THE BONE READERS
'The Bone Readers is a page-turner, but its insights and language are equally testament to a literary novel of impressive depth and acuity'
'It's masterly. I've started to read it again with increasing admiration'
'A breathtaking, thought-provoking, and yes, brilliant read. I know this is a book I shall go back to again and again'
'Ross's novel is one that effortlessly draws together the past and the present, gender, politics and the legacy of colonialism in a top quality Caribbean set crime thriller. The Bone Readers is a wonderful read'
'By turns thrilling, visceral and meditative, and always cinematic'
'An unconventional crime novel, and one that exposes the dark underbelly of 'paradise''
Book Muse (blog)
'I was fascinated by Ross' ability to create characters with depth and diversity. A great read'
Not Chai tea (blog)
'A unique read, paced to the islands where it takes place with a group of interesting characters I will enjoy following into future books'
Word Dreams (blog)
'An engaging, poetic and twist-filled Caribbean crime-noir novel. Masterful'
Book Witty (blog)
Jacob Ross was born in Grenada and now lives in Britain. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he is the author of two acclaimed collections of short stories, A Way to Catch the Dust and Song for Simone and Tell No-One About This - nominated by The 2018 Bocas Literary Festival as one of the three best works of Caribbean fiction published in 2017. His first novel, Pynter Bender, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize, and his debut crime novel, The Bone Readers won the inaugural Jhalak Prize.