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    • Publication date:07 Jun 2018
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The Puppet Show

By M. W. Craven

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A dark and twisted crime thriller, perfect for fans of Michael Connolly, Peter James and TVs Luther. Welcome to the Puppet Show . . .

'Fantastic' Martina Cole

'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James

'A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series' Mick Herron

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive ...

'A page turner' Sun

'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!'
David Mark

'A gripping start to a much anticipated new series' Vaseem Khan

'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

'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' Matt Hilton

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: 9781472127457
  • Publication date: 24 Jan 2019
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: Constable
A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series. — Mick Herron
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
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
A brilliant start to what promises to be a fantastic series; get it now or kick yourself for missing out — Graham Smith
Dark, sharp and compelling — Peter James
Nothing you've ever read will prepare you for the utterly unique Washington Poe — Keith Nixon
A gripping start to a much anticipated new series — Vaseem Khan
A page turner — Sun
Constable

Black Summer

M. W. Craven
Authors:
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