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Neil Cross is the author of CHRISTENDOM, MR IN-BETWEEN, HOLLOWAY FALLS and ALWAYS THE SUN. He lives with his wife and two children.
Meet DCI John Luther. He's brilliant. He's intense. He's obsessional. HE'S DANGEROUS. DCI John Luther has an extraordinary clearance rate. He commands outstanding loyalty from friends and colleagues. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. But Luther seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn't; things way beyond the limits of the law. The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice. Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. All the way to murder...
Luther: The Calling, the first in a new series of novels featuring DCI John Luther, takes us into Luther's past and into his mind. It is the story of the case that tore his personal and professional relationships apart and propelled him over the precipice. Beyond fury, beyond vengeance. All the way to murder…
This explores the trauma of a good guy who gets caught up in a girl’s death. It’s a tale of guilt, sadness and terror in a stark, highly compulsive style. I truly found it hard to put down and hard to see how it was going to work out. Sensitive, particularly with regards to the bereaved family, clever and slightly spooky, it has a nasty twist and a very satisfying end. I loved it. Comparison: Unique but try Daniel Clay (Broken), Justin Evans (A Good and Happy Child), Jo-Anne Goodwin (Sweet Gum).
January 2009 Book of the Month. A great psychological thriller from one of the scriptwriter’s for Spooks. Nathan and an old untrustworthy friend, Bob, share a secret from the past involving the death of a young woman, they vow to keep the truth to themselves forever. Years later Bob turns up on Nathans doorstep with terrifying news that threatens to destroy everything Nathan has fought so hard to build. Full of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat til the end.
Neil is a fiction author of some note whose last book, Always the Sun, was longlisted for the Man Booker and while writing it he was inspired to turn to his own tortured childhood, of which this is the result so it has the feel of fiction but because it is true, it of course is inconclusive. One is left wondering what happened next but that, to me, is its only fault, if indeed one can call it a fault for this is a genuinely compelling and heartrending story of a confused young life.