Down Cemetery Road
Zoe Boehm Thrillers 1
By Mick Herron
CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron's debut novel introduces Sarah Tucker, whose search for a missing child unravels a murderous conspiracy
'Good characterisation, dialogue and a well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible' Daily Telegraph
When a house explodes in a quiet Oxford suburb and a young girl disappears in the aftermath, Sarah Tucker - a young married woman, bored and unhappy with domestic life - becomes obsessed with finding her. Accustomed to dull chores in a childless household and hosting her husband's wearisome business clients for dinner, Sarah suddenly finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew, as her investigation reveals that people long believed dead are still among the living, while the living are fast joining the dead.
What begins in a peaceful neighbourhood reaches its climax on a remote, unwelcoming Scottish island as the search puts Sarah in league with a man who finds himself being hunted down by murderous official forces.
Mick Herron's first three Jackson Lamb novels have between them won the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger once and been shortlisted for it once; and been shortlisted twice for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. Slow Horses, the first in the series, was picked as one of the best twenty spy thrillers of all time by the Daily Telegraph. Before the Jackson Lamb series, he wrote the Zoë Boehm novels, all four of which are republished by John Murray in 2017.
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19 Apr 2018
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Good characterisation, dialogue and a well-paced narrative make this confident first novel frighteningly plausible — Daily Telegraph