A truck drops a group of illegal workers by a deserted stretch of canal in the dead of night near Poissons-les-Marais, desperate travellers in a pipeline, searching for a better life.
Days later, one of them surfaces, stabbed to death.
For Inspector Lucas Rocco, finding the victim’s fellow travellers presents problems. Most Algerian immigrants are welcome, but trawling for any who aren’t is a sensitive issue loaded with threats of civil unrest, something which terrifies his bosses in the Ministry. And when Rocco is ordered to stay away from one factory, where he suspects illegals are being employed, it goes against everything he knows.
However, his difficulties have barely begun. One of the illegals is a young woman with a small child, on the run from her brutal husband, Samir Farek, an Algerian gangster who has threatened to kill them both. But Farek has another, bigger agenda: to take over as gang lord in Paris. With a history of disposing with anyone who crosses him - a fate he is happy to mete out even to a senior policeman who gets in his way - the potential consequences are frightening.
Caught between his instinct to protect a vulnerable woman and her child, of obeying bosses interested only in preserving the status quo, and facing the threat of a dangerous gangster who recognises no boundaries in the murderous pursuit of his plans, Rocco begins to wonder how long he can survive.
The Dome Press will be publishing this superb detective novel, set in 1960s Picardie, France, on 06/09/19 (pre-order here) complete with a revised text and brand new cover.
Also published last week was Julie Caplin’s next Romantic Escapes book, The Secret Cove In Croatia. If you’re yet to go on your summer holidays, these books are the perfect accompaniment. Get your copy here.
We received the very welcome news this week that Stuart Turton’s Costa-award winning debut novel The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has sold over 200,000 copies in all formats. It’s mind-blowing to think how many people have read Evelyn’s story - and continue to do so every week, congratulations Stu!
While we’re on Seven Deaths, ICYMI, we thought we’d show you the cover for the Japanese edition - absolutely incredible. Getting to see the interpretations from each territory will never get old.
Poetic Justice, the prequel to the DI Jack Dylan series is in Kobo’s Summer Beach Reads promo, with the focus theme of ‘Adventure’. The promo ends tomorrow (Wednesday 28th August) so act now to get your copy!
We will be meeting with the chosen pitchers on Saturday 7th December at a location in the city centre of Liverpool.
If your novel is ready for submissions, please click this link to find out how to send your work in. Good luck!