Well, we’re almost here … On 25th May the new Avison Fluke novel, Body Breaker, will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. And, to celebrate, I’ve teamed up with The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, independent bookshop, Bookends, and the awesome author that is Michael J. Malone to do this thing in style!
So … to the details: It takes place on the evening of 25th May, 7 pm for a 7:30 pm start. The Old Fire Station is in the complex opposite the Civic Centre, behind the Magistrates Court, and there is plenty of parking nearby. There’ll be a full bar and drinking IS encouraged. I will be in conversation with Michael, who has just launched, Dog Fight, the 5th in his Kenny O’Neill/Ray McBain series. I’ve known Michael for a few years now but we’ve never appeared on stage together. Unlike the US presidential debates, we’ve agreed that neither of us will be given questions in advance …
Copies of Body Breaker and Dog Fight will be available to purchase on the night. A few copies of Fluke’s earlier escapades, Assume Nothing, Believe Nobody, Challenge Everything and Born in a Burial Gown, will also be available.
And, if all the above isn’t enough, my old colleague and friend Rhona is bringing Brian, her husband, along. Brian hand-turns the most beautiful bespoke pens you’ve ever seen. He’s promised to bring along a selection so, if anyone has birthday or early Christmas presents to buy, bring your purse. Prices start at £7 and go up to £35 for fountain pens.
Launching a book doesn’t happen in isolation, and it doesn’t begin and end on launch night; to that end I’ll be forever in the debt of Noelle Holten, (Crime Book Junkie), for arranging for some of the most respected reviewers in the business to take part in Body Breaker‘s blog tour. This kicks off on publication day and continues for a week. Details below:
And finally, I suppose I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of what’s in store for Fluke this time around. So, here’s the back cover blurb – along with Michael saying something he probably regrets now …
Investigating a severed hand found on the 3rd green of a Cumbrian golf course was not how Detective Inspector Avison Fluke had planned to spend his Saturday. So when a secretive unit from London swoop in quoting national security, he’s secretly pleased.
But trouble is never far away. A young woman arrives at his lakeside cabin with a cryptic message: a code known to only a handful of people and it forces Fluke back into the investigation he’s just been barred from.
In a case that will change his life forever, Fluke immerses himself in a world of new age travellers, corrupt cops and domestic extremists. Before long he’s alienated his entire team, made a pact with the devil and been arrested under the terrorism act.
But Fluke is only getting started. A voice has called out to him from beyond the grave and he has no intention of ignoring it.
“Everything you want in a British procedural: a dark world, a tangled case, a clear and logical solution, and a deeply flawed hero who’s still well worth rooting for.” KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Among the many fictional police detectives beset by grave personal and professional stresses, Fluke and his team standout.” PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)
“A forceful new voice in British crime fiction.” CARO RAMSAY (author of the Anderson and Costello novels)
“Fluke is my favourite fictional detective.” MICHAEL J. MALONE (author of the Ray McBain novels)
This YouTube video filmed at Harrogate in July 2016 gives a bit more information on the book and some of my thought processes: Mike Craven talks … Body Breaker
And finally, here’s a giant banner …