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Sunday 2 November 2014

‘Dead Line’ by Chris Ewan

Published by Faber & Faber,
3 April 2014.
ISBN: 978-0-571-31164-4

Daniel Trent is half of a firm of kidnap insurers and negotiators. Now his newest client, Moreau, has just been taken by one of the most ruthless gangs around. Trent has a particular reason for wanting Moreau back alive, but the family don’t seem as keen to co-operate with the kidnappers ...

This was a fast-moving read with a lot of twists. Once the story is established, the author moves us between present – the kidnapping of businessman Moreau – and the recent past, where we learn what Trent was doing following Moreau, and why he has a special stake in getting him back unharmed. Most of the story was told following Trent’s point of view, and as we learned more about him, we sympathised with his difficulties. Other characters like the bodyguard, Alain, and Trent’s sidekick, the ex-cop Girard, were also vividly drawn. As the book progressed, the body count mounted, with several action/fight scenes. The Marseilles background was vividly described, with good use made of the locale. The big finish ended with a surprise twist.

A high-octane kidnap thriller which kept you reading till the last page.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor

Chris Ewan was born in Taunton in 1976, Chris graduated from the University of Nottingham with 1st Class Honours in American Studies with a minor in Canadian Literature, and later trained as a lawyer. He is an award-winning British author of eight novels. Chris was voted one of America's favourite British authors by a Huffington Post poll.
He now lives on the Isle of Man with his wife, daughter and labrador, where he writes full time.

You can can also get in touch with Chris on Twitter @chrisewan or
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Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.  Marsali also does a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.

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