Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn't usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple's suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places - and low. Harry can't get officially involved in Greg's murder, but he suspects a link with two other mysterious deaths: his parents'. And when he goes off-grid to investigate, that's when things start to get dangerous. Set in Sydney, this dark, morally ambiguous and adrenaline-charged new series is a triumphant change of direction for Barry Maitland.
* Widespread review coverage in broadsheet and tabloid newspapers across ANZ including Age, Dominion Post, NZ Herald and Herald Sun * Author to be interviewed in newspapers such as Daily Telegraph, Adelaide Advertiser and West Australian * Author to be interviewed on national and local radio programs such as Radio National's Books and Arts Daily and Radio 2SER * Review coverage in literary and general publications such as Australian Book Review, Good Reading, Big Issue and NZ Listener * Online review coverage * Author will appear at literary festivals in 2015 * Reading copies available to the trade * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, The Monthly and the Big Issue and on their associated websites * Advertisements including promotions and giveaways on crime fiction websites and blogs * Promotions and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups including book lovers such as Goodreads and CAE * Significant budget available for bookseller Christmas catalogues * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Major social media campaign including dedicated Facebook and Goodreads competitions as well as paid targeted advertising * Featured in Text newsletters and website
Barry Maitland was born in Scotland, studied architecture at Cambridge University and went on to work as an architect and urban design expert. In 1984 he moved to Australia to head the architecture school at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. In 1994 The Marx Sisters, the first in his Brock and Kolla crime series, was published. Barry now writes fiction full time. He is published throughout the English-speaking world and in translation in a number of other countries, including Germany, Italy, France and Japan. He lives in the Hunter Valley.