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Corn Dolls by Patrick Lennon

Corn Dolls

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A terrific read, I loved this one. A tale of many twists and turns, a mix of politics and historical pageantry and a portrayal of resentment and revenge. In the supposedly quiet villages of the fens a feud has been raging for twenty years between the descendants of the Saxons and the Norman invaders. The former now disadvantaged, the latter affluent but corrupt. Into this conflict comes a young Russian out to avenge the death of his father, also twenty years ago. The whole thing becomes a particularly taxing problem for DI Tom Fletcher, a great character in the start of what should turn out to be a splendid series. Highly recommended.

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Corn Dolls by Patrick Lennon

It begins for Tom Fletcher with what looks like a very bloody accident in a farm machinery showroom, and reaches back into the past - his own and that of the local police force - before slamming into the present with all the force of the most up-to-date criminal power in the world. Crackling with secrets and surprises, packed with haunting landscapes and haunted characters, freighted with the hot, thundery atmosphere of a Cambridge summer and the inevitable paying-out of past betrayals, Corn Dolls marks the arrival of a major new crime talent.


Evocative * Publishing News * A new author and a new character . . . both have great promise . . . well worth following * Publishing News * If you like books set out in the back of beyond with more than an echo of The Wicker Man, you'll snap up CORN DOLLS in an instant. The setting is entirely believable - this strange village in the middle of one of the UK's bleakest regions...The book is a thoroughly gripping page-turner. Lennon marries the unusual Russian angle very slickly with the remote village and its odd traditions...If you're a fan of Jim Kelly's Fenland series, you shouldn't miss CORN DOLLS. It's a fabulous first novel for Lennon, and I hope he's planning to bring back the characters and to ink them in much more strongly, rather than to leave this as an unusual standalone book. * * A great read that mixes politics, historical pageantry, resentment and revenge in a seemingly quiet Cambridge village. Highly recommended * Sarah Broadhurst, writing in The Bookseller * A strong series debut...evocative...a sharp plot which canters towards an explosive finish * Tangled Web * A writer to watch in 2007 * Mark Billingham * Multi-layered and deeply engaging series character with a genuine emotional life...draws favourable comparisons between Patrick Lennon and authors such as Mark Billingham and Mo Hayder, if his work continues to match the high standard set by Corn Dolls such high praise will prove to be more than justified * Shotsmag * Multi-layered and deeply engaging series character with a genuine emotional life * Shotsmag *

About the Author

Patrick Lennon
Patrick Lennon grew up in Cambridge and has lived in Thailand, Italy, France and Mexico. Today he splits his time between his young family, his writing and running his own business.

Photograph © R. Hernandez

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19th April 2007


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384 pages


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