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From the author of SCRUBLANDS - winner of THE JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER AWARD 2019
SILVER is the sequel to Chris Hammer's debut novel SCRUBLANDS which was picked as one of the BEST DEBUTS of the year by VAL MCDERMID for her prestigious NEW BLOOD panel - July 2019 Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
TV rights have been acquired by Easy Tiger (a FremantleMedia company)
For half a lifetime, journalist Martin Scarsden has run from his past. But now there is no escaping.
He'd vowed never to return to his hometown, Port Silver, and its traumatic memories. But now his new partner, Mandy Blonde, has inherited an old house in the seaside town and Martin knows their chance of a new life together won't come again.
Martin arrives to find his best friend from school days brutally murdered, and Mandy the chief suspect. With the police curiously reluctant to pursue other suspects, Martin goes searching for the killer. And finds the past waiting for him.
He's making little progress when a terrible new crime starts to reveal the truth. The media descend on Port Silver, attracted by a story that has it all: sex, drugs, celebrity and religion. Once again, Martin finds himself in the front line of reporting.
Yet the demands of deadlines and his desire to clear Mandy are not enough: the past is ever present.
An enthralling and propulsive thriller from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Scrublands.
‘An almost perfect crime novel, I'd say: intelligent, thought-provoking, great narrative energy, a central character who's imperfect but self-aware, and of course that amazing setting. As you'll have gathered, I loved it.’ Ann Cleeves
'Shimmers with heat from the sun and from the passions that drive a tortured tale of blood and loss.' Val McDermid
‘A heatwave of a novel, scorching and powerful. This extraordinary debut, perfect for readers of the magnificent Jane Harper, seared my eyes and singed my heart. Don't miss it.’ AJ Finn
'Set in the parched Australian landscape, Scrublands is a brilliantly plotted thriller which reveals a town full of brooding secrets. I couldn't put this compelling debut down.' Sarah Ward
‘An epic account of the psychological damage accumulated over many years in a dying agricultural town. Scrublands is that rare combination, a page-turner that stays long in the memory’ Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month
‘Extremely accomplished ... Deliciously noirish ... Set in the blistering heat of a remote Australian town ravaged by drought and threatened by bushfires, this is a complex, meaty, intelligent mystery ... Hammer's writing is so evocative the heat practically rises off the pages of Scrublands’ Alison Flood Guardian 'Best Recent Thrillers
' ‘My pick for debut thriller of the month (and maybe of 2019) ... Beautifully written, this would make a terrific small-screen series’ Washington Post
Well-rounded characters, masterful plotting and real breadth; this is an epic and immersive read (Laura Wilson Guardian)
‘Incendiary . . . A rattling good read, ambitious in scale and scope and delivering right up to the last, powerfully moving page’ Declan Hughes Irish Times
‘Meshes sociological insights, literary stylings, and a multi-layered crime tale into an epic novel that’s simply superb….For me, Hammer brought rural Australia, its towns and people and issues faced, to vivid life with a sweat-inducing authenticity.’ Craig Sisterson