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    • ISBN:9781849014731
    • Publication date:21 Apr 2011
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Blood Rush

By Helen Black

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Would you commit murder, just to fit in?

The UK is gripped by the threat of gang violence - the media is building on that hysteria, convincing us that knife crime is rife and the streets are flooded with guns and drugs. So when a member of a notorious girl gang is charged with a brutal murder, sympathy is in short supply. Enter Lilly Valentine, a tough talking lawyer who is never prepared to take things at face value and is determined to uncover the truth, whatever the cost.

A gripping crime novel that will force every reader to reassess what they think they know about society and gang culture.

Praise for Helen Black:

'A dark and gripping read that will have you on the edge of your seat' Closer magazine

'A fantastic first novel [A Place of Safety].' Jane Elliott

'Terrific! A great read from start to finish.' [Dishonour] Jessie Keane author of Jail Bird.

''Unexpected and moving... A Place of Safety is written with sympathy and humour' EuroCrime

Biographical Notes

Helen grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. At 18 she went to Hull University and left three years later with a tattoo on her shoulder and a law degree. She became a lawyer in Peckham and soon had a loyal following of teenagers needing legal advice and bus fares. She ended up working in Luton, working predominantly for children going through the care system. Helen is married to a long-suffering lawyer and is the mother of young twins.

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  • ISBN: 9781849017794
  • Publication date: 21 Apr 2011
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  • Imprint: C & R Crime
A dark and gripping read that will have you on the edge of your seat. — Closer magazine
Unexpected and moving ... A Place of Safety is written with sympathy and humour. — EuroCrime
A leading lady surely destined for primetime. — The Pulse
Frightening, depressing and knowledgeable. — Country Life
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