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Blackwater

Blackwater

THE NEW ESSEX-BASED CRIME SERIES FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE DI JACK FROST PREQUELS.

‘A fast-moving thriller with strong characters, dark humour and a terrific sense of place. I was totally absorbed’ Elly Griffiths

James Henry’s writing is vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period’ Peter James


January 1983, Colchester CID

A new year brings new resolutions for Detective Inspector Nicholas Lowry. With one eye on his approaching fortieth birthday, he has given up his two greatest vices: smoking, and the police boxing team. As a result, the largest remaining threat to his health is now his junior colleague’s reckless driving.

If Detective Constable Daniel Kenton’s orange sports convertible is symbolic of his fast track through the ranks, then his accompanying swagger, foppish hairstyle and university education only augment his uniqueness in the department. Yet regardless of this, it is not DC Kenton who is turning station heads.

WPC Jane Gabriel is the newest police recruit in Britain’s oldest recorded town. Despite a familial tie to top brass, Gabriel’s striking beauty and profound youth have landed her with two obstacles: a young male colleague who gives her too much attention, and an older one who acts like she’s not there.

January 1983, Blackwater Estuary

A new year brings a new danger to the Essex shoreline. An illicit shipment, bound for Colchester – 100 kilograms of powder that will frantically accelerate tensions in the historic town, and leave its own murderous trace.

Lowry, Kenton and Gabriel must now develop a tolerance to one another, and show their own substance, to save Britain’s oldest settlement from a new, unsettling enemy.

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 14th July 2016

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781780879772

Reviews

This is great stuff.
Peter Robinson on First Frost
James Henry's writing is vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period.
Peter James
A brilliant read, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Martina Cole on First Frost
A palpable hit . . . [a] dark, but glittering pearl.
Barry Forshaw on First Frost
Brilliantly engineered police procedural.
Daily Mail
Perfectly structured, authentically bred from its bleak and watery setting, Blackwater gives us a new Essex reimagined as a noir landscape.
Lawrence Osborne, author of The Forgiven
The smell of the marshes permeates every page . . . This is old-style policing set in an interesting period, and it's an encouraging start to what is likely to be an engaging series.
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
It's a cracker . . . Henry is aware of the required marks for plot, pace and characterization and hits each one with devastating accuracy . . . brilliant.
Shots
James Henry has done it again with another taut, highly atmospheric police procedural!
Simon Kernick
A fast-moving thriller with strong characters, dark humour and a terrific sense of place. I was totally absorbed.
Elly Griffiths
Blackwater is a masterclass in place and landscape.
Christie Watson