Bill Kitson


When two skeletons are discovered in Lamentation Tarn, talented detective Mike Nash and his team have little evidence with which to work, until a surprising discovery prompts them to contact law enforcement agencies in Eastern Europe. A joint taskforce is formed to uncover a criminal network involved in prostitution, drugs and human trafficking, but Nash's preoccupation with internal politics, as well as with an attractive Russian detective, proves to be a distraction.

Finally, a young victim escapes the gang's clutches, providing Nash with much needed evidence. A search of the neighbouring tarn yields further corpses and reveals an even more heinous crime. Two more bloody encounters must occur before the criminals are brought to bitter justice.


‘….Bill Kitson has produced a good detective with Mike Nash…..Bill is a great newcomer to crime

fiction - watch out for his next books….’


February 2010

                                                                                                           Paul Blackburn,

‘A riveting read….. Bill is a skilled writer who draws his reader into the action and keeps them gripped throughout…… A dark intelligent thriller…….’ 

Bradford Telegraph & Argus, December 2009

‘In this raw and brilliantly constructed debut novel, Scarborough author Bill Kitson twists the strands of past and present evil into a rapidly thickening rope. Clinically and tersely, like a court stenographer, he records the pathologist's findings and follows the progress of an investigation which soon involves the Russian authorities in the exotic shape of Commander Zena Dacic.

The dialogue-driven plot is stripped to the bones of what is relevant. Not a word is superfluous. Locations are painted in a few brief, moody, chilling phrases. The pace is so fast you daren't put the book down, in case by some strange trick the investigation rushes ahead without you.

With Robert Hale Ltd securing the publishing rights for the series, I look forward to Nash's future cases. White-hot anger fuels his relentless pursuit of the criminals. They are to be caught, not pitied. They knew what they were doing.’

Jenny Drewery, Scarborough Evening News, September 2009

‘Grim debut from Kitson sees the Eastern European connection in full cry, with child prostitution and gruesome murders with all their attendant grislyness. Stick with it, though, because the characters are terrific, particularly Nash and his Russian counterpart.’

BOOKSMONTHLY online magazine, September 2009

ISBN: 978-0-7090-8849-3                     

Released 30th August 2009

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* Nominated for The John Creasey New Blood Dagger 2010 *

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