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Gallows Court

Martin Edwards


Head of Zeus

Fiction & Literature;
Crime & mystery


416 pages

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London, 1930. A spate of violent deaths - the details too foul to print - has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake is on the killer's trail...

The first in a new series of fast-paced, twisty thrillers set in 1930s London.

'Superb' LEE CHILD.

LONDON, 1930.

Sooty, sulphurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this . A spate of violent deaths - the details too foul to print - has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake is no ordinary woman. To Scotland Yard's embarrassment, she solved the Chorus Girl Murder, and now she's on the trail of another killer.

Jacob Flint, manning The Clarion 's crime desk, is looking for the scoop that will make his name. He's certain there is more to the Miss Savernake's amateur sleuthing than meets the eye.

Flint's pursuit of his story will mire him ever-deeper into a labyrinth of deception and corruption . Murder-by-murder, he is swept ever-closer to that ancient place of execution, where it all began and where it will finally end: Gallows Court.

'Packed with evocative period detail, twists and turns and a fascinatingly enigmatic anti-heroine' FINANCIAL TIMES . 'Gripping' PETER ROBINSON. 'Satisfyingly twisty' SIMON BRETT. 'Dark, yet dazzling' PETER LOVESEY. 'Superb - a pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense , with a main character to die for. This is the book Edwards was born to write' LEE CHILD.

By:   Martin Edwards
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781788546102
ISBN 10:   1788546105
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Martin Edwards has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating, Macavity, Poirot and Dagger awards as well as being shortlisted for the Theakston's prize and the CWA Gold Dagger. He is President of the Detection Club, Chair of the CWA and consultant to the British Library's bestselling crime classics series.

'A varied cast of characters ranging from the glamorous and romantic to the decidedly shady ... A fast-moving patchwork puzzle that will satisfy both traditional crime readers and more modern ones who enjoy a drop of moral complexity and darkness in their brew' Crime Time. 'Packed with evocative period detail, twists and turns and a fascinatingly enigmatic anti-heroine' Financial Times. 'Historical crime can sometimes suffer from a sentimental view of the period in which it's set. Edwards deftly avoids this cliche, depicting London as dark, grimy and cowering in the face of killings ... I'm sure Edwards' existing fans will love this change of tone but he should also garner new readers for his excellent fiction' CrimePieces. 'Far more unconventional and psychologically disturbing than most crime fiction of the period, this novel brings that low, dishonest decade to life with mesmerising skill' Sunday Express. 'Ingenious and pacey, Gallows Court keeps you guessing right to the end' The Times. 'Highly entertaining - a delightful, old-fashioned mystery to be savoured' Shari Lapena. 'Martin Edwards brings the Golden Age of crime fiction back, with a unique twist, in this superbly crafted mystery set in the 1930s. A rare treat!' Ragnar Jonasson. 'Everything we have come to expect from Martin Edwards: a lovely sense of place, a tight plot, dry humor, and deftly drawn characters. Welcome to the Thirties!' Laurie R. King. 'Utterly compelling from start to finish, truly satisfying twists and turns and a wonderful heroine at its dark heart. I loved every single page of it' Robert Thorogood. 'The writing is sumptuous, the evocation of the period - down to the finest detail - glorious, and the mystery itself a wonderfully refreshing take on the psychological noir genre. The twist - and the terrible secret at the heart of the murders - are twin stings in the tail of a classy and beautifully crafted novel' Vaseem Khan. 'This is no country house murder mystery, however, but a fast-paced and assured thriller set in 1930s London; it'll keep you reading, breathless, until the very last page' Ann Cleeves. 'Edwards has set a satisfyingly twisty plot against the satisfyingly murky background of 1930s London' Simon Brett. 'A mean plot liberally spiced with mystery, suspense and action. A thoroughly gripping read!' Peter Robinson. 'A ripping tale of retribution and rough justice, set against a finely realised 1930s London. It reads as if Ruth Rendell were channelling Edgar Wallace' Mick Herron. 'Edwards has managed, brilliantly, to combined a Golden Age setting with a pace that is bang up to date. A great sense of the era observed through a cut-throat-sharp eye, every page dripping with brilliant period authenticity' Peter James.

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