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Anthony J. Quinn


Head of Zeus

Fiction & Literature;
Crime & mystery;
Thriller & suspense


336 pages

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A new crime series set in the brooding landscape of the Scottish borders. Detective Carla Herron is investigating the savage murder of a psychotherapist when a confession from the nearby psychiatric hospital leads her to embark on a chilling trail...

A new crime series set in the brooding landscape of the Scottish borders from the author of the Celcius Daly series.

Not long out of the fast-track training course at Edinburgh's police college, Detective Sergeant Carla Herron is about to be tested to breaking point.

She's been called to Deepwell psychiatric hospital in the Scottish borders to interview a patient who has confessed to the murder of one of the hospital's psychotherapists . The confession is vividly detailed, but for a man locked in a secure ward and under 24-hour surveillance, it is also utterly impossible.

So why can't the supposedly murdered psychotherapist be contacted? Why are the hospital staff so secretive , so difficult to work with? Why have other Deepwell patients made disturbingly similar confessions over the past year? Against the advice of her superiors, Carla delves deeper into the hospital's past and is plunged into a labyrinth of jealousies, lies and hallucinations.

Struggling to separate fact from fantasy, Carla embarks on a chilling trail through the bleak uplands and dark forests of the Scottish borders, every step taking her closer to a final - deadly - reckoning.

'Quinn sets up a Russian doll narrative, with manipulation within manipulation' GUARDIAN . 'Carefully wrought, often lyrical prose, always rich with foreboding' BOOKLIST .

By:   Anthony J. Quinn
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   UK Airports ed
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 145mm, 
ISBN:   9781786696076
ISBN 10:   178669607X
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony J. Quinn is an Irish author and journalist. He was born in County Tyrone and studied English at Queen's University, Belfast. His first novel, Disappeared, was a Daily Mail crime novel of the year.

'As in earlier books, Quinn sets up a Russian doll narrative, with manipulation within manipulation' Guardian. 'Quinn puts another layer of wisdom on his already accomplished manner of exposing the moral duplicity of the margins' Belfast Telegraph. 'Beautiful writing about ugly events with a plot that's pleasingly serpentine' Sunday Times. 'Carefully wrought, often lyrical prose, always rich with foreboding' Booklist. 'Beautifully written ... A novel that demonstrates how capacious the crime fiction genre can be' Independent. 'If you enjoy a gritty police procedural written with a literary twist, this one is for you' Sunday Independent. 'The foreboding darkness creeps off the pages like a chilling fog, threatening damage to everything that Carla treasures. Powerful and scary' Sunday Times Crime Club.

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