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Howard Linskey is the author of three novels in the David Blake crime series published by No Exit Press, The Drop, The Damage and The Dead. Harry Potter producer, David Barron optioned a TV adaptation of The Drop, which was voted one of the Top Five Thrillers of the Year by The Times. The Damage was voted one of The Times' Top Summer Reads. He is also the author of No Name Lane, Behind Dead Eyes and The Search, the first three books in a crime series set in the north east of England featuring journalists Tom Carney & Helen Norton, published by Penguin. His latest book, Hunting the Hangman, is a historical thriller about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during WW2.
Originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, he now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Alison and daughter Erin.
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A truly fascinating and totally engrossing read about the assassination plot against one of the most feared and hideous Nazi leaders of the Second World War. This may be classed as a work of fiction, yet it is seeped, in fact absolutely saturated in fact. Reinhard Heydrich was feared by his colleagues, known variously as the Butcher of Prague and The Hangman, and as reported heir to Hitler he became the target of Operation Anthropoid. Various quotes head each chapter, their authors range from Winston Churchill, to Hitler and Himmler, each made me stop and think before I continued with the tale. The authenticity of the work spills from the pages, the imagined dialogue becomes so real, I found myself alongside the men tasked with the assassination, and even by the side of the dreaded Heydrich himself. ‘Hunting the Hangman’, took me on a journey of unimaginable intensity, I felt total disbelief and horror, awe and admiration, in this convincing and gripping read. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the author... 'Operation Anthropoid; the mission to assassinate Nazi General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, has long been a personal obsession. Two astonishingly brave men, Joseph Gabcik and Jan Kubis, were trained by the British SOE to attempt to kill a man who had executed thousands and was personally tasked with implementing the holocaust for Adolf Hitler.Their courage and the enormous obstacles they faced inspired me to spend over three years researching and writing this book and even more striving to get it published. Now, finally, here is their incredible true story. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do.' ~ Howard Linskey
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Over the past couple of years, Penguin have been renewing their local crime stable with enterprise and launched a whole series of promising new talent, many of whom should last the course: James Oswald's traditional country thrills, M. J. Arlidge's calculating psychothrillers and Tim Weaver's elaborate missing persons cases come to mind but the publication of Linskey's lengthy psychological thriller sees a hitherto reliable writer take a sharp swerve towards the big time. With a large cast of cops, journalists and standers by, Linskey has taken a routine cold case investigation crossed with a murdered girls spree and elevated it to a level of complexity and humanity seldom approached by Britsh writers previously, providing a useful lesson in world and character-building without detracting from a killer plot (in all senses of the word). A new name on our criminal horizon. No Name Lane is indeed a country lane where folk like to walk, but at this particular time young girls are disappearing and the area is on alert. We have a couple of journalists and a couple of unpopular police officers dominating our story. We follow lots of threats, twists, flashbacks and confusion. You really have to keep your wits about you; brilliant. Then a skeleton is discovered in the school grounds while the search for the girls intensifies and suddenly we have different paths to be led down. This is first class stuff, an unstoppable tale, a real page-turner not to be missed and seek out his The Drop and The Damage too.