Chris Ewan has a good writing pedigree – he’s won awards for his The Good Thief’s Guide to… series, plus a first novel award for his standalone novel Safe House.
Dead Line is set in Marseilles and centres on Daniel Trent, a hostage negotiator who finds his fiancé has gone missing. Trent is convinced that Jerome Moreau, a dodgy character if there ever was one, is responsible, so decides to take the law into his own hands. His plan is to kidnap Moreau and by using some unorthodox persuasion techniques, find out where Aimee is. The only problem with this cunning plan is that Moreau himself is kidnapped, leaving Trent no choice but to find and rescue Moreau to be able to find and rescue Aimee.
Dead Line is a fast and pacey thriller, with a good plot that keeps you hooked to the end. A number of high profile authors such as Ann Cleeves and Simon Kernick have already written very favourable reviews of this novel. So, rather than me saying more, I’ve decided to enlist the power of the Interweb. Here are two links that should help you decide whether to try this book. The first, a short publicity film for Dead Line:
This second clip is Chris Ewan himself at the 2013 Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival talking about the crime genre, writing and the importance of characters and location: