Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ihaka to return in FALLOUT

We had to wait 15 years for Detective Tito Ihaka, who I described as an "anarchic knight errant" in an article for the New Zealand Listener, to return in DEATH ON DEMAND in 2012.

It was terrific to see Paul Thomas, the Godfather of contemporary New Zealand crime writing, come back into our indigenous mystery and mayhem fold after such a long absence. As much as I enjoyed his articles for the Herald and the Listener, there is just something special about a Thomas-penned crime tale.

Thomas went on to win the 2013 Ngaio Marsh Award for DEATH ON DEMAND, and I'm very pleased to say that we won't have to wait another 15 years for the fifth instalment in the Ihaka saga. 

In August, FALLOUT will be released by Upstart Press, a relatively new publisher founded and staffed by some highly experienced members of the New Zealand publishing industry (including ex-Hachette NZ managing director Kevin Chapman and publisher Warren Adler). 

There's not a lot of information about the new title yet, but I can share the cover, and this wee blurb: "The action-packed follow-up to the highly successful Tito Ihaka novel, Death on Demand, involves New Zealand’s confrontation with the USA over its anti-nuclear stance". 

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