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Dark night. Rain-slashed road. A great black 4×4 screeching out of nowhere, its headlights catching Mum’s pale, frightened face behind the windscreen of a tinny little hatchback. She’s screaming into the brightness, throwing up her arms …
The sick smash of metal jerked me awake.
I pushed my head into the pillow, clinging to the split second of possibility that Mum was alive, that I was home in my own bed and the crash was just some hi-def, surround-sound nightmare, brought on by a late-night movie. I strained for the sound of Mum’s voice calling me to get up. The silence got bigger, pressing me down. I couldn’t breathe. Slowly, I turned my head and opened my eyes.

About the book

Joe's mum is dead. Killed alongside a stranger, in a hit-and-run car crash. Her last words, a message for someone Joe doesn't know.

Angry and alone, he takes his dog for a late-night walk, where he finds himself at the gates of a mansion belonging to an old movie star.

It's here that Joe begins to uncover the truth of what happened that night ...

A gripping crime mystery for young teens.

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“An excellent page-turning adventure for all those who, like Joe, the hero of the story, are passionate about uncovering the truth ... Joe’s questing courage is fun to follow.'”


Author notes

I've really enjoyed dipping into real events to create the web of secrets that throw my hero Joe into a murky wold of spies, gangs and conspiracy. An unsolved murder, a mysterious tramp and a car crash that kills his mum are just the start ...

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