Sunday, 30 October 2011

My Shiny New Covers

I haven't blogged in a while, but this one's a goodie, so I hope it'll make up for my lack of postings recently.

Why is this one a goodie? Because it's where I show you my new covers. I mentioned them in a previous blog, and now I can unveil them. I have to say that I'm incredibly excited about them.

The mass market paperback of Pariah appears next February, and this is what it looks like:

Totally different from the original cover, but I think it's stunning.

The sequel to Pariah, called The Helper, should appear on shelves a couple of weeks later, at the beginning of March, and here is the jacket it will be wearing:

Again, I think it's really eye-catching. You can see now how the Pan Macmillan design team have taken a branding approach to the covers, with the blood, the broken glass and the New York skyline appearing in both.

To further whet your appetite, I'll leave you with the back cover blurb for The Helper:

‘I can help you, Cal. I can help you solve the murder of Cindy Mellish.’

A grisly murder in a shabby New York bookstore seems to hold a special significance for Detective Callum Doyle: the victim’s been marked with a message that could have been left especially for him. But why?

Then the sinister phone calls start. Doyle is told more deaths are planned but the caller will give him clues – on condition he keeps them to himself. So begins his dilemma. If he turns the offer down he will have nothing to go on. But if he accepts and gets it wrong, he will have concealed knowledge that could have stopped a killer.

As more deaths follow, increasingly vicious and apparently random, the pressure on Doyle to find a link becomes unbearable. Does he continue to gamble with people’s lives? Or must he sacrifice everything to defeat a ruthless and manipulative enemy?

Furiously fast-paced, totally unpredictable and unforgettable, this is a masterpiece from the acclaimed author of PARIAH.


  1. I've recently bought your first novel and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far.

    Its truly a great page turner and I am currently struggling to not sneak a peek at the end of the book to see who the bad guy really is! However i will restrain myself :-)

    Keep up the great work and i'm looking forward to the second book already!


  2. Many thanks, James. Great to hear from you. I hope you continue to enjoy Pariah to the end. Only about three and a half months until the publication of The Helper. It'll fly by!