No Name Lane

by Howard Linskey

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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.

Maxim Jakubowski

No Name Lane Synopsis

The hunt for a serial killer unearths an unsolved cold case from over sixty years ago. Young girls are being abducted and murdered in the North-East. Out of favour Detective Constable Ian Bradshaw struggles to find any leads - and fears that the only thing this investigation will unravel is himself. Journalist Tom Carney is suspended by his London tabloid and returns to his home village in County Durham. Helen Norton is the reporter who replaced Tom on the local newspaper. Together, they are drawn into a case that will change their lives forever. When a body is found, it's not the latest victim but a decades-old corpse. Secrets buried for years are waiting to be found, while in the present-day an unstoppable killer continues to evade justice...Praise for Howard Linskey: Linskey delivers a flawless feel for time and place, mixed with unrelenting pace. (The Times). A brutal, hard-hitting debut. (Simon Kernick). Leaps off the page - evokes and matches some of the best writing in the genre. (Crime Time). Howard Linskey is the author of the David Blake series, the first of which, The Drop was selected as one of the 'Top Five Crime Thrillers of the Year' by The Times and the second, The Damage, was also in The Times as a 'Top Crime & Thriller Summer Reads'. Originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, he now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and daughter.

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ISBN: 9780718180324
Publication date: 12/03/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780718180324
Publication date: 12th March 2015
Author: Howard Linskey
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Howard Linskey

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 ...

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