About this book…
The stunning debut from thriller writer Lloyd Otis.
When a woman’s body is found a special team is called in to investigate and prime suspect Alex Troy is arrested for the murder. Desperate to remain a free man, Troy protests his innocence, but refuses to use his alibi. Trying to protect the woman he loves becomes a dangerous game – questions are asked and suspicions deepen.
When the prime suspect completes a daring escape from custody, DI Breck and DS Kearns begin the hunt. Breck wants out of the force while Kearns has her own agenda and seeks revenge – and a right-wing march provides an explosive backdrop to their hunt for Troy.
Lloyd Otis brings a startling account of the past back to life over a burgeoning ’70s landscape, and delivers a thrilling piece of crime fiction that will excite any fan of the genre.
If, like me, you remember those gritty, violent and politically incorrect police dramas of the 1970s then you are going to want to buy and read Dead Lands. Lloyd Otis has perfectly captured that era and by using the backdrop the infamous Battle of Lewisham he also gives us a snapshot of the racial and political tensions of the time.
Not only did DI Arlo Breck have an amazing name, but he had such a relatable and interesting persona that it carried this dark debut novel for me. His sidekick DS Patricia Kearns thankfully didn’t seem to suffer too much backlash from the sexism that was rife in the police force during the Seventies as the pair were brought in to investigate a murder that seems a little bit too cut and dried. When their only suspect is delivered to them on a plate, they are puzzled by his reluctance to provide an alibi but are even more confused when, despite his protestations of innocence, he does a runner. Is it the action of a guilty man or does he have something bigger to hide?
This is a twisty crime thriller that I found worked best for me if I read it in large chunks so I didn’t lose track of who was who in the cast of characters as the plot raced into its final stages. The palpable tension continued developing throughout the storyline until I was actually quite suspicious of everyone involved and couldn’t put the book down until I understood where it was going. An unsettling atmosphere was easily brought to life by the fast paced narrative which made for a nail biting climax. I did love the pairing of Breck and Kearns so I do hope that we get to meet them again sometime soon as this could be the start of an addictive new series.
Lloyd Otis is a fresh new talent, exploding onto the crime scene with a significant force and whom I’m happy to have discovered! Well worth a look!
Dead Lands: Dark secrets are revealed in this superb debut thriller is available to purchase now from Amazon UK (affiliates link) My review copy came gratis from the publisher Urbane Publications
Meet the author…
Lloyd was born in London and graduated in Media and Communication. An avid movie fan, he wrote film reviews for his university magazine and enjoyed a stint in a television production company where he helped with props and scripts. He went on to write reviews for music sites, including ilikemusic, and after gaining several years of valuable experience within the finance and digital sectors, he completed a course in journalism. He now works as an editor. Lloyd has interviewed a host of bestselling authors, such as Mark Billingham, Hugh Howey, Kerry Hudson, and Lawrence Block, and has blogged for The Bookseller, and The Huffington Post. He also wrote a regular book review column for WUWO Magazine and two of his short stories were selected for publication in the Out of My Window anthology. He has also had articles appear on the Crime Readers’ Association website, and in the Writers’ Forum magazine. Lloyd’s debut crime thriller, the gripping Dead Lands, will be published by Urbane autumn 2017.