The Body in the Marsh

DCI Craig Gillard Crime Thrillers

Book 1
Canelo
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When a woman goes missing, it gets personal for DCI Craig Gillard. But he could never imagine what happens next.

Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife Liz goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin...

To make things worse, Liz is the ex-girlfriend of DCI Craig Gillard who is drawn into the investigation. Is it just a missing person or something worse? And what relevance do the events around the shocking Girl F case, so taken up by Knight, have to do with the present?

The truth is darker than you could ever have imagined.

Utterly gripping and full of twists, this is a compulsive thriller from master Nick Louth for fans of Robert Bryndza, Patricia Gibney and Carole Wyer.

What readers are saying about Nick Louth

‘A fast-paced and explosive thriller about a subject that really matters.’

‘This was up there with the best thrillers I have ever read.’

‘Bite was a gripping, entertaining read which kept me enthralled right until the end!’

‘The whole book is an excellent, gripping read. Get one – you won’t be disappointed!’

‘I absolutely loved this book, it is well written and keeps you on your toes all the way to the last chapter.’

‘It grips you from the first page to the last. Excellent book.’

‘Well constructed, good page turner, very well researched, excellent holiday read.’

‘Exciting, interesting and unpredictable. highly recommended.’

‘Superb! Couldn’t put the book down. Really was one of the best thrillers I've read in years.’

‘Had me hooked from the start! I would definitely recommend this book.’

‘Very exciting and enjoyable. Thoroughly recommended read for anyone who enjoys fast-paced books.’

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About the author

Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992, while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was self-published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No. 1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014 before being snapped up by Sphere. It has sold a third of a million copies, and been translated into six languages. The terrorism thriller Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. The Body in the Marsh, a crime thriller, and the first in his DCI Craig Gillard series, was published by Canelo in 2017, to much critical acclaim. Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

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Publisher
Canelo
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Published on
Sep 25, 2017
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781911591771
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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To catch a killer, you must first think like one...

 

A serial killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with married women. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending three disturbing images to their husbands: alive, tortured, dead.   

 

When Detective Ruby Preston receives a new photograph of a terrified victim, she must try and work out where she is, before it’s too late.

 

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way.

 

Desperate for more information, Ruby persuades her boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting. But will the dark and charming Mason Gatley really help her catch the killer before someone else dies? Or will Ruby be the next victim?

 

An utterly addictive and unputdownable crime thriller, packed with twists until the final page. If you love reading Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James you’ll be hooked by this book.

 

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The outstanding thriller from the #1 bestselling author of BITE, Nick Louth

Veteran BBC journalist Chris Wyrecliffe finds himself in the Middle East as the Arab Spring explodes into life. Back on the front line at last, he’s stumbled across the biggest story of his life.

But two women have a hold on him. One, a wealthy Saudi beauty he has loved since the first moment he saw her. The other, a feisty young Palestinian refugee loves him with a frightening intensity.

Wyrecliffe is caught between them in a dangerous game whose implications are as extreme as they are hidden...

For in the dark Al Qaeda underworld hides a man with the veteran journalist in his sights. The net is closing fast. With the clock ticking, Wyrecliffe could be the instrument of a terrorist plot astonishing in its ingenuity and daring...

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What readers are saying about Nick Louth

‘A fast-paced and explosive thriller about a subject that really matters.’

‘This was up there with the best thrillers I have ever read.’

‘Bite was a gripping, entertaining read which kept me enthralled right until the end!’

‘The whole book is an excellent, gripping read. Get one – you won't be disappointed!’

‘I absolutely loved this book, it is well written and keeps you on your toes all the way to the last chapter.’

‘It grips you from the first page to the last. Excellent book.’

‘Well constructed, good page turner, very well researched, excellent holiday read.’

‘Exciting, interesting and unpredictable. Highly recommended.’

‘Superb! Couldnt put the book down. Really was one of the best thrillers I've read in years.’

‘Had me hooked from the start! I would definitely recommend this book.’

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After a scandal forces DI Kelly Porter out of the Met, she returns to her home turf in the Lake District. Crimes in the Cumbrian constabulary tend to be of the minor sort, but Kelly begins work on a cold case that shocked the local community – the abduction and brutal murder of ten-year-old Lottie Davies.

Meanwhile, Kelly is also investigating two seemingly straightforward crimes: a case involving an illegal immigrant, and a robbery following the death of local businessman Colin Day. But evidence comes to light that reveals a web of criminal activity beyond anything Kelly imagined. Behind the veneer of sleepy, touristy towns lies a dark and dangerous underworld. As Kelly threatens to expose those with much to lose, she risks paying the ultimate price to get to the truth...

Don’t miss this taut and gripping debut from a crime writer to watch. Perfect for fans of Carol Wyer, Patricia Gibney and Angela Marsons.

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As he watches his daughter turn the corner and out of sight, he hears the shots. He’d know that sound anywhere. He shouts her name. Silence. All he can do is run.

 

It’s been five years since Zac’s daughter was murdered. Her killer was never found. Now he’s back working as a detective for the Metropolitan Police, and he’s more determined than ever to bring the city’s killers to justice.

 

When a man is found brutally murdered in a rundown south London shop, all fingers point to the highly intelligent and manipulative Darian Wallace. He’s just been released, and two years ago the victim helped send him to prison.

 

Still grieving, Zac knows it will take everything he’s got to catch this dangerously clever killer. But just as he feels he’s getting closer, he realises all is not quite as it seems and makes a devastating personal discovery.

 

Zac has a choice to make – risk letting this killer escape or watch his daughter’s murderer get away again…

 

An absolutely gripping thriller for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Lee Child. Bring Her Back is one fast-paced thriller you won’t be able to put down.

 

This book was previously published as The Murder List

 

What readers are saying about Bring Her Back:

 

‘Wow… What a brilliant debut. A fast paced, captivating thriller that will have you hooked throughout. What an opening to this story! Poor Zac! … made me keep reading, kept me intrigued.’ Between the Pages Book Club

 

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‘This book had me from the opening pages, it kicks off with you holding your breath, by the time you finish it, you needed an oxygen tank. OMG. Wow. I can see this becoming another of my must-read detective series. I love discovering new authors, and this is certainly one that's been added to my 'must read any future books' list.’ I Love Reading

 

‘A very gripping book indeed and there are a heap of twists and turns in this story. I very much enjoyed the relationship that Zac had with his wife and I found myself wanting to try West African cooking as well. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘An exciting read with plenty of twists and turns. I like a good police procedural so I loved those aspects of the novel where the search for Darian marries modern policing with instinct and experience. They don't always get it right but it makes for fascinating reading as it seems a very realistic portrayal of modern policing.’ Goodreads Reviewer 

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