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The Two O'Clock Boy by Mark Hill
  

The Two O'Clock Boy

Part of the DI Ray Drake Series
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A strong first novel by a new British author about the troubling events that occurred in a children's home some years in the past and how they have forged the lives of many of its denizens and hangers on. DI Ray Drake is now a cop and an investigation into the wholesale slaughter of a seemingly innocent family, conducted with DS Flick Crowley brings his past rushing back home as links appear, people he knew are being killed off and it rapidly becomes apparent that the answers and the killer lie in what happened at Lomngacre in 1984. A race against time, red herrings cleverly deployed throughout, striking portraits of evil characters, a burning sense of revenge, all the elements combine all the way through to a breathless finale with a writer in full control of his craft and the art of keeping you in thrall. A good one. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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The Two O'Clock Boy by Mark Hill

'A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down' Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice Discover the gripping, twist-filled start to a fantastic new London-set crime thriller series starring morally corrupt DI Ray Drake - the perfect new addiction for fans of LUTHER. TWO CHILDHOOD FRIENDS...ONE BECAME A DETECTIVE...ONE BECAME A KILLER...Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children's Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home's manager. Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis' favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried ...until today. Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O'Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it take to stop the murders - but he will go even further to cover up the truth. 'Wreaks havoc with your assumptions. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him' Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls and The Darkest Secret 'Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters - and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!' Louise Voss

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'A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down. Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters - and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!' Louise Voss

'A delight of a book that wreaks havoc with your assumptions in a delicious Highsmithian manner. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him.' Alex Marwood

'Enter DI Ray Drake, the flawed, sharply-drawn lead of this promising new series. The author has an unerring ability to give incidents a biting sense of reality' Sunday Times (Crime Club Best Debuts of the Year)

'Ambitiously complex and compelling, Two O'Clock Boy left me deliciously uncomfortable and blindsided by that final twist! Angela Clarke Two O'Clock Boy is surely going to be the hardest debut of 2017 to beat. What a story and what a superb writer!' Alex Gray

'An assured, dark and gritty debut marking the start of what looks like a great series Stav Sherez An unsettling and powerful story. The plot cleverly weaves past and present - with shocking, edge-of-the-seat twists until its heart-stopping finale' David Young, author of Stasi Child

'Fiercely fresh and wonderfully written. DI Drake is a marvellous creation and I can't wait to read more SJI Holliday A compelling read, packed with unexpected twists and explosive secrets, that builds to a shocking and unforgettable climax. A fantastic debut.' Rod Reynolds

'Mark Hill has written a brilliant debut with characters that linger in the subconscious long after reading. I devoured The Two O'Clock Boy and can't wait to see what he does next. He's a real talent.' Steve Cavanagh

'A cracking debut from a talent to watch' Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

About the Author

Mark Hill

Mark Hill is a London-based full-time writer of novels and scripts. Formerly he was a journalist and a producer at BBC Radio 2 across a range of major daytime shows and projects. He has won two Sony Gold Awards.

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Publication date

6th April 2017

Author

Mark Hill

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Publisher

Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780751563238

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