Saturday, January 7, 2012

John Ling releases his debut thriller

Crime Watch may have been on a bit of a hiatus over the festive season, but it seems that New Zealand-written crime fiction certainly has not. Malaysian-born writer John Ling, who now lives in New Zealand and works at our national broadcaster TVNZ, released his debut thriller, THE BLASPHEMER on Amazon just after Xmas.

Here's the backcover blurb:

When Abraham Khan releases an e-book condemning radical Islam, the consequences hit him fast and hard — an armed fanatic smashes into his home one evening, trying to kill him. He survives the harrowing attempt. Just barely. But will he survive the next one?

Maya Raines is the security operator brought in to protect Abraham. She is tough and committed. The very best at what she does. Always one step ahead of the threat.

But Abraham is no ordinary principal — he will not hide, and he will not stay silent. And as rage explodes on the streets and the nation is propelled to the brink, Maya will have to ask herself the hardest question of all: how far would you go to protect one man’s right to speak?

You can visit Ling's website here, and read more about his debut novel, including an extract, here.

You can also read about the inspiration for the book, and the character of Abraham Khan (fyi, it's not Salman Rushdie, as some may think) at Ling's own blog here.


  1. Thanks, Craig, for the info and glad to see you back. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

  2. Ooh, thank you for the post, Craig. I certainly didn't expect it. =)

    The Blasphemer is actually an international thriller set in New Zealand. So I'm very keen to see what Kiwi readers think of it.