This week sees Killer Reads preview Steven Dunne’s nailbitting debut The Reaper. Steven was one of the first authors to be picked up via HarperCollins own Authonomy.com. On it’s launch Authonomy tasked itself the mission to flush out the brightest, freshest new writing talent around. Some criticised it simply ‘out-sourcing the slush pile’ , however with the publication of Dunne’s debut and Miranda Dickinson’s Fairy Tale of New York pencilled in for November this may dispell some of the initial doubt.
Steven has been chatting over on Authonomy about his writing and route to publication. Killer Reads have also managed to catch up with him and will be posting the results very soon.
Detective Inspector Damen Brook thinks he’s left his past behind him in London. But it seems a serial killer has followed him north… Brook’s seeking sanctuary. Years in the MET have left their mark – so much so that he’s fled to Derby leaving behind his marriage, his teenage daughter and very nearly his sanity to wind down a once promising career in the peace of the Peak District. But one winter’s night, Brook is confronted by a serial killer he hunted many years before – The Reaper – a man who slaughters families in their homes then disappears without a trace. To find this killer Brook must discover what the Reaper is doing in Derby, why he’s started killing again and what, if anything, connects the butchered families. As Brook becomes entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse, he is forced to face his own demons by revisiting the previous investigation and confronting a past that destroyed his family and nearly cost him his life… A heart-stopping thriller from a stunning new crime talent, for fans of Stuart MacBride and Thomas Harris.
Read an extract from The Reaper
Buy The Reaper on Amazon