Rod Madocks has spent ten years writing this unforgettable novel, drawing on his experience of secure units.
He is a policy officer in Mental Health Commissioning in Nottinghamshire, where he lives and works.
Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2009. CWA Judges’ comments: ‘No Way To Say Goodbye is set in a high security mental facility for the criminally insane. Jack Keyses works there, intent on tracking down the presumed abductor and killer of his girlfriend Rachel who disappeared without trace. The grim reality of sex offenders and their obsessions and histories is authentically and chillingly exposed here. The most frightening thing about the book was the obsessions of Keyses which turn out to be not so very different from some of the patients. A sense of edgy despair pervades this very taut novel.’
Ship of Fools comprises twenty short stories, one for each year the author worked in the mental health system. These stories are fiction, but they are based on the real world of psychiatry and maximum security institutions. Written from the point of view of a staff member, the author lifts the lid on psychiatry, that secret domain. There are vivid accounts of life and death, of betrayal and redemption. An authentic and chilling fictional glimpse into the world of those with serious mental health problems. "e;If you want a rare glimpse into what really goes on inside a secure psychiatric hospital... this is the book for you."e; Stephen Booth