Friday, April 13, 2012

Currently reading: THE FACELESS

A very exciting package was delivered to me at work today; a review copy of Vanda Symon's upcoming standalone thriller, THE FACELESS. With four terrific crime novels starring sparkplug detective Sam Shephard already under her belt, Symon has taken a different turn with THE FACELESS - a standalone dark kidnapping thriller set in Auckland, and told from multiple perspectives.

Here's the blurb:
Bradley is a middle-aged man trapped in middle-class New Zealand. He is in a job that he hates, working day after day to support his wife and two children. One day when it all gets too much, Bradley picks up a teenage hooker in downtown Auckland. Unfortunately he can't keep it up and then she laughs at him. That was a mistake. He beats her, ties her up and takes her to an abandoned warehouse that he owns. But then he doesn't know what to do.

Max is homeless. He eats from rubbish bins, bums cigarettes from anyone and anywhere, including the footpath, and he doesn't smell that fresh. But Max has one friend and she has gone missing. If he is to find her he is going to have to call on some people from his past life and re-open old wounds that have remained unhealed for a long time.
A hard-hitting and fast-paced thriller from Vanda Symon, New Zealand's 'Queen of Crime'.
Great stuff. I am very much looking forward to reading this. That's it from me - just had to share my excitement with you all.