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Jax Miller was born in New York in 1985. She started writing Freedom's Child while travelling around America on the back of a motorcycle and finished it in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside. Within 24 hours of writing 'The End' she had been signed up by a literary agent, and a few days later she had a publishing deal. Freedom's Child is Jax's debut novel and will be published in over a dozen languages. She lives in Ireland with her husband.
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Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A woman sheltered in the Witness Protection Programme for the almost justified murder of her cop husband twenty years ago discovers that one of the children she had to put up for adoption has gone missing, possibly kidnapped. Now a hopeless drunk and a soul with no hope left, she finds her vocation and redemption for past sins in savagely hunting down whoever is responsible, whilst confronting her troubled past. A humdinger of a flawed heroine and a gallery of colourful, imperfect characters spanning every shade from black to grey populate her breakneck quest. A tale of the ties that bind families together in spite of adversity, this is a novel that will tug at the heartstrings while holding you hooked its fast-paced plot. Definitely a keeper. ~ Maxim Jakubowski The Lovereading view... With a hammer hitting hard prologue, this intensely powerful thriller starts, continues and finishes with provocative words and action. Set in the USA, a mother surfaces from a witness protection program and races to find and save her child. Freedom is a truly distinctive and remarkable character, it takes a little while to get to her know her, to ease into step alongside her, her fractured yet defiant soul is announced with every word she speaks. With a strong cast of characters, some positively loathsome, others a well needed determined and steadfast, the author keeps the plot incredibly taut and dynamic. Jax Miller has written a stimulating and excitingly different debut novel, ‘Freedom’s Child’ sets itself firmly apart from the masses and stands brilliantly and defiantly alone. ~ Liz Robinson January 2016 Debut of the Month. One of our Books of the Year 2015.
This stranger-than-fiction cold case is about to crack wide open! Perfect for fans of I'll be Gone in the Dark and Zodiac On December 30th, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, 16-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing. While rumours of drug debts, revenge killings, and police corruption abounded in the years that followed, the case remained unsolved and the girls were never found. In 2016, crime writer Jax Miller travelled to Oklahoma to discover what really happened. What she unearthed was shocking. These forgotten towns were wild, lawless, and home to some very dark secrets. Finally, in April 2018, the first arrests were made... could justice finally be in sight for the girls and their families? 'There is, in the best of us, a search for the truth, to serve the living and dead alike...Jax Miller is one of those people and Hell in the Heartland is one of those books' Robert Graysmith,author of Zodiac 'Every generation has its standout true-crime writer. Jax Miller does with Hell in the Heartland what Truman Capote did with In Cold Blood' A.A. Dhand, author of Streets of Darkness 'Mesmerizing, raw, evocative, unforgettable' William Boyle, author of A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself 'A captivating ride through the frustrating twists, turns, and dead ends of a horrifying murder case' Publishers Weekly 'Beautiful and devastating' Crime Reads
A heart-stopping debut thriller about a woman named Freedom, who will stop at nothing to save the daughter she only knew for two minutes and seventeen seconds.Call me what you will: a murderer, a cop killer, a fugitive, a drunk...Freedom Oliver has spent the last eighteen years living a quietly desperate life under Witness Protection in a backwater of Oregon after being exonerated of her husband's murder.But now Freedom's daughter Rebekah is missing, the same one who was wrenched from her arms just moments after birth. Freedom slips her handlers and embarks on an epic journey across the US to Kentucky, determined to find her child.No longer under the protection of the U.S. Marshalls, Freedom is tracked by her late husband's psychotic brothers, who will stop at nothing in their quest for vengeance. But they are not the only threat she faces as she draws nearer to the horrifying truth behind Rebekah's disappearance...