Living Death

Katie Maguire

Book 7
Head of Zeus
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The girl who teetered out of the doorway was exactly who they were looking for...

DS Katie Maguire and her team are stretched to their limit. A gang of dognappers is terrorising Cork. The city's drug trade is at an all time high. Now they have a missing girl to find too – and all in the glare of the media spotlight.

As Katie closes in on the truth, she realises that the three cases might be connected. But with every second she spends investigating, the clock ticks on for the missing girl, trapped in a living death...

What people are saying about LIVING DEATH:

'Riveted from start to finish'

'A first class detection novel'

'Amazing, the man is a genius'

'As always, brilliant'

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Vile Things is the ultimate collection of extreme horror with 15 unspeakably gruesome, cringe-worthy, and sometimes disturbingly hilarious tales. and above all else an entertaining and damn good, fun read. The stories, most of which are previously unpublished, include a wide range of subjects: the Jersey Devil, zombies, sadistic Nazis, insatiable ghouls, perverted fishermen, a cult of Basilisk, tequila worms, and much more! 

FANGORIA MAGAZINE REVIEW

"This book is not just your basic horror stories. This is extreme shit...Edited by Cheryl Mullenax, VILE THINGS: EXTREME DEVIATIONS OF HORROR is not for the light horror fan. The stories are not just extreme horror, but also extreme gore and sex…a triple threat of fun in my eyes...This book is a definite for any extreme horror fan. Full of terror, sex, and gore, I don’t recommend this for the faint of heart or for a light read at a beauty salon."

MONSTER LIBRARIAN REVIEW

"Vile Things is one of the stronger horror anthologies I have come across in some time... I would say that while there are definitely some stronger and gorier stories in this collection than in other horror anthologies, Vile Things offers some excellent horror tales and is highly recommended for public libraries." 

RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE REVIEW

"The most striking fiction is often rooted directly in reality, and this is especially true for the stories found in Vile Things. Most of these tales, collected by editor Cheryl Mullenax, begin with plausible, everyday situations and then darken quickly to trap the reader in twisted supernatural plotlines that teem with the imagination's most repulsive creations, including parasitic mutations, a spate of festering fungal rashes and many other rancid and, well, vile things...But dismembered members aside, there are no cheap gross-outs here; even though the focus is clearly on the vile and unpalatable these don't feel like stories that were written with the sole purpose of being labeled "extreme horror" or to merely revel in their graphic, gory descriptions. Simply put, Vile Things is every deviant horror fan's wet dream."

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Publisher
Head of Zeus
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Published on
Jun 1, 2016
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781784081409
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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The case is a murder. The victim was involved in the illegal abalone trade and the even more illegal drug trade. And the witnesses aren't talking.

And as Dauphin closes ranks around him, Charlie is about to find his interest in the law powerfully reignited.

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‘Pitch-perfect dialogue, and a strong sense of place...A very engaging, and extremely realistic debut novel.’ Reviewing the Evidence

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‘These characters are full of life.’ NZ Listener

‘You will revel in this great thriller. Jock Serong with his background s lawyer and a local living along the Surf Coast, effortlessly gives his novel a ring of authenticity. You will quickly become engrossed in this great crime thriller with its dark underbelly of secrets and divided loyalties.’ Surf Coast Times

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‘Jock Serong writes with a surfer’s love of the water. The cold, the pulse and the power loom over this book...There will no doubt be more Charlie Jardim novels.’ Law Institute Journal

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The final book in the critically acclaimed Belltree Trilogy

Harry Belltree’s obsessive pursuit of justice has cost him everything—his job in homicide, his marriage and his newborn child. He has nothing left to lose, or so he thinks. Then his estranged wife disappears, leaving their baby daughter behind.

The police think Jenny has murdered a man.

Harry thinks she’s in danger.

When severed limbs are found dangling from the branches of trees in a suburban park, Harry’s former colleagues are pulled off Jenny’s case. It’s up to Harry to track his missing wife down on his own.

And to lay bare, at last, the extraordinary conspiracy that led to his parents’ murder.

Barry Maitland was born in Scotland and in 1984 moved to Australia to head the architecture school at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales. The Marx Sisters, the first in his Brock and Kolla crime series, was published in 1994. Barry now writes full time and his books are read throughout the English-speaking world and in translation in a number of other countries. He lives in the Hunter Valley.

‘At last, the third instalment of Barry Maitland’s Belltree trilogy, Slaughter Park. It’s an impressive conclusion to an epic tale...Taken as a whole, these three crime novels constitute an extended commentary on some of the more pressing moral issues facing Australia. These include dealing with a reprehensible past and the ongoing impact of the stolen generation, as well as the obligation to defend a fragile environment from commercial exploitation.’ Age

‘Almost hypnotically compelling—impossible to look away from, despite the violence on view...A stunning conclusion to a remarkable trilogy.’ Booklist, STARRED review

‘Fans of hard-hitting crime fiction will be sorry to see the last of Harry.’ Publishers Weekly

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