The Goodhew Series
By Alison Bruce
Agent : Broo Doherty, DHH Literary Agency.
UK : Constable.
Translation Rights : DHH Literary Agency.
Status: final pass proof
From the author of CAMBRIDGE BLUE comes the latest crime thriller featuring DC Goodhew.
THE PROMISE – COMING SOON
THE SERIES SO FAR
Some hide from it.
Goodhew hunts it through every page.
DC Gary Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive and the youngest detective at Cambridge’s Parkside Station. He is the first on the scene when the body of a young woman is discovered on Midsummer Common and for the first time in his career is given the chance to work on a murder investigation.
Soon there is an identity for the victim: Lorna Spence. Richard Moran, her boyfriend and employer, has reported her missing and is distraught to discover that she has been killed. He says she had no enemies, but it isn’t long before Goodhew discovers plenty, including her high maintenance colleague Victoria and Goodhew’s reckless former classmate Bryn.
When there is another brutal murder, Goodhew knows it is time to use his own initiative to flush out the killer, even though it means risking his job and discovering the truth about the one person he hopes will be innocent.
They thought the past was behind them.
But it was always somewhere ahead…
All it took was one small item on the regional news for Kimberly Guyver and Rachel Golinski to know that their old life was catching up with them. They wondered how they’d been naïve enough to think it wouldn’t. They hoped they still had a chance to leave it behind – just one more time – but within hours, Rachel’s home is burning and Kimberly’s young son, Riley, is missing.
DC Goodhew begins to sift through their lives, and starts to uncover an unsettling picture of deceit, murder and accelerating danger. Kimberly seems distraught but also defensive and uncooperative. Is it fear and mistrust of the police which are putting her son at risk, or darker motivations?
With Riley’s life in peril, Goodhew needs Kimberly to make choices, but she has to understand that the one thing she cannot afford is another mistake.
The icy rain sprayed across the lake in shards of sharp splinters. Kaye’s skin smarted and dribbles of water slid inside her clothes. She was gagged and bound. And the only person who knew where to find her wasn’t coming back…
Fifty miles away in Cambridge’s town centre a deeply disturbed young woman is standing by a payphone. She knows she often feels compelled to do harmful things and is driven by a desire to make a call.
DC Gary Goodhew is one of the detectives assigned to find Kaye and when her body is discovered the only clue to the potential murderer is a woman’s voice on his answerphone saying, ‘Kaye isn’t the first and won’t be the last…’
What if they are connected?
What if it isn’t over?
In THE SILENCE, DC Goodhew begins to suspect that there are links between a series of suicides and an apparently unrelated murder.
When Joey McCarthy is stabbed to death in a pub car park, the assault is assumed to have been a random act of violence.
Meanwhile Charlotte Stone is trying to cope with her mother’s recent death, when two of her teenage friends suddenly commit suicide. The shock of the losses around her leave Charlotte shaken, and it is not long before she encounters DC Goodhew, who has found the body of yet another suicide victim.
While Charlotte struggles with her grief, Goodhew’s investigations force him to confront the demons of an earlier death. As their lives become intertwined, both Charlotte and DC Goodhew begin to realise that these seemingly unrelated deaths are anything but.
And it is only a matter of time before the next victim falls…
A fresh start in a place you hate.
Even tougher with a killer watching…
Jane Osborne left Cambridge and vowed she’d never return. An unexpected twist of fortune results in DC Goodhew bringing her back to the remnants of her old life and a confrontation with the man who killed her sister.
Meanwhile a burning car on the outskirts of Cambridge leads to the discovery of the body of its owner, Paul Marshall.
There seems nothing to connect it to either a recent assault, or to Jane Osborne, until a shocking discovery rips Goodhew’s investigation apart.
Please note: The Witness Impulse edition of this book is entitled A Cry in the Night.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After a lifelong love of crime films, fiction and reading up on real life cases, Alison Bruce moved to Cambridge and left her career in IT to concentrate on writing her first novel. This lead to the publication of her first non-fiction book, CAMBRIDGESHIRE MURDERS, in 2005.
With CAMBRIDGE BLUE in 2008, Bruce turned her hand to fiction, introducing readers to DC Goodhew, and beginning what has now grown into a series that includes THE SIREN, THE CALLING, THE SILENCE and now THE BACKS.
Alison Bruce was born in Croydon and grew up in Wiltshire. She is a fan of vintage clothes and the rockabilly music scene, and for two years wrote and presented a monthly 1950s music feature on BBC Wiltshire Sound. Alison is married to singer/songwriter Jacen Bruce and they have two children and three cats.
Alison is a former Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
PRAISE FOR ALISON BRUCE
“[Bruce] develops complex characters and shows an admirable command of language” – Gumshoe
“Goodhew stands alone. I’m looking forward to more of his investigations” – Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Smart, ambitious…. A pleasingly different police procedural” – Kirkus
On CAMBRIDGE BLUE:
“A sterling first effort that whets the reader’s appetite for more of her work” – Sacramento News & Review
“This debut mystery by a British crime writer accelerates like a train speeding to its destination” – Library Journal
“Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel” – RJ Ellory
On THE SIREN:
“In The Siren Alison Bruce has created an unusual and interesting main character” – Marcel Berlins, The Times
“Bruce’s superior prose elevates this above many other contemporary British police procedurals” – Publishers’ Weekly