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Just to let you know that I get excitement overload when I read a crime novel that allows me to simply exist in the pages without an ounce of doubt… and Gallowstree Lane, the third ‘Collins and Griffiths Detective Novel’ is a truly fabulous example (so yes I am wanting to shout about this from the rooftops). Author Kate London ended her Metropolitan Police Service career in 2014 working as a detective on a Major Investigation Team. Her knowledge and experience undoubtedly shines through, you are quite simply, in very safe hands. This story about shocking gang violence is not only extraordinarily relevant, it also entirely captivating, meaningful, and memorable. Sarah Collins and Lizzie Griffiths are beautifully written detectives, both completely fascinating, for me though, the real jewel in this particular crown is Ryan, a young gang member who is left reeling and demanding vengeance after the murder of his best friend. Kate London encourages reality, fact and fiction to blend together, and adds so much depth to the characters I felt as though I knew them. I was so in tune with Ryan that my heart truly ached for him. Gallowstree Lane has left a vividly brilliant bruise on my soul, it is wonderfully raw, exquisitely written.
Detective Inspector Kieran Shaw is not interested in the infantry. He likes the proper criminals, the ones who can plan things. As head of Operation Perseus - a covert police investigation into a powerful criminal network - Shaw is about to make the arrests of his career.
But then the brutal murder of a teenager sends a shockwave through the very organization he has been targeting, threatening not only Shaw's case, but everyone with a connection to the boy who was killed on Gallowstree Lane...
Closing date: 31/01/2020
Behind the headlines of gangs and knife crime, Kate London's novel is about the real people involved, from the police officers in charge to vulnerable teenagers, all written with complexity, nuance and shot through not only with heart-breaking realism but moments of humour. Only a former police officer could have written a book like this one - authentic, important and pulse-quickeningly good. - Rosamund Lupton
Kate London captures the gangland culture perfectly. It's sympathetically done... [with] wonderful characters and a story which is all too believable. - BookBag
Intelligent, atmospheric, captivating - this book draws you in and doesn't let you go. A must read. - Rosamund Lupton on Post Mortem
Taut, tight and terrific, a London thriller for our times. - Philippe Sands
An absorbing debut... The author vividly re-creates the everyday experience of uniformed police... The result is a complex novel that offers rare insights into how the police operate. - Sunday Times on Post Mortem
A terrific thriller, it pulls off that near-impossible trick of being not just psychologically acute and beautifully written but rivetingly plotted too. Packed with convincing detail and a full cast of excellent characters it is edge of the seat stuff: Prime Suspect rebooted. - Christobel Kent, praise for Kate London
Sensational... A brilliant, high-octane crime novel, ringing with the hard-earned wisdom of a former cop. - Tony Parsons, praise for Kate London
A stand out brilliant crime novel - sophisticated, authentic and utterly gripping. If you only read one crime novel this year make it this one. - Rosamund Lupton
Kate London, herself a former police officer in the Met, paints a convincing picture of the pressure of working on a Major Investigation Team. Gallowstree Lane is redolent with authentic detail without clogging the action up with info dumps. London's coppers come over as real people, as do the members of the gangs they are trying so hard to get off the street. - Crimereads
An authentic depiction of gang life and police politics with first class writing. - Sunday Express
Utterly authentic. - Daily Mail
Publication date: 02/01/2020
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||2nd January 2020|
|Publisher:||Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Fiction & related items, Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,|
Kate London graduated from Cambridge University and moved to Paris where she trained in theatre. In 2006 Kate joined the Metropolitan Police Service. Like all police officers she started in uniform, working for two years on a response team, and then moved into the CID. She qualified as a detective constable then went on attachment with the police nationale in France and finished her career working as part of a Major Investigation Team on SC&01 - the Metropolitan Police Service's Homicide Command. She resigned from the MPS in August 2014. Post Mortem is her first novel.More About Kate London