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Publication details:

Published by Quercus

Paperback & e-book: November 2013

Audio book and large print paperback published by Clipper Books October 2013

Published in Germany (Goldmann/Random House): October 2014 (TBC)

Back cover copy:


09:13am. Disgraced hedge fund manager Graham Poynter hides shamefully in his Belgravia mansion. All that separates him from the media hounds baying for his blood are wrought iron railings and an elite security team.

10:16am. A masked intruder stands over Poynter and his terrified family, while the last remaining security guard hangs impaled on a railing spike outside the house – a message of intent beamed to the watching world.

10:38am. Surrounding the scene are police helicopters, special forces teams, and Ed Mallory – blind hostage negotiator – who must stop this faceless adversary whose sights are set on exacting twisted retribution.

Crime Thriller Girl

“The tension starts high and doesn’t wane as the story unfolds…A non-stop rollercoaster ride from start to finish. Highly recommended.” *February 2014 Thriller of the Month*

“Another deftly crafted, page-turning thriller…from an author who knows what he’s doing.”

This review is also available on reviewer Sophie Scott’s Literary Consort blog here:


“A few pages in and guess what? Turns out I bloody love hostage stories. Who knew, eh?”

Thinking About Books

“I find Sacrifice more compelling because it takes its time to capture and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of all involved…The result is highly readable and strongly recommended.”

Here is an interview with yours truly by David Marshall of Thinking About Books.

SHOTS: Crime & Thriller Ezine

“The intricacies of hostage negotiation are well explored and gripping to read…the plot drives forward relentlessly to produce a page-turner that rarely takes its foot off the gas.”

The Book Geek

“Another excellent, gripping story with a gorgeous main character.” 

To read the opening to Baptism and buy on-line at, please click on the book cover image above.

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