Dead Reckoning teams science, forensics and plot in a fast-paced action crime thriller thanks to the skills of the two authors that form the team AD Garrett.

But who is the pseudonymous author?Detective Inspector Kate Simms is on the fast track to nowhere. Five years ago she helped a colleague when she shouldn’t have. She’s been clawing her way back from a demotion ever since.

Professor Nick Fenimore is a failed genetics student, a successful gambler, betting agent, crime scene officer , chemistry graduate, toxicology specialist and one time scientific advisor to the National Crime Faculty. He is the best there is. But five years ago his wife and daughter disappeared and he burnt through NCF resources looking for them. Kicked out of the NCF he’s since hidden himself away as a forensics lecturer in Scotland.

In Manchester addicts are turning up dead. Junkies, so who cares? It’s a lose/lose case, and Simms’ superior is only to pleased to hand it to her. Then a celebrity dies with the same drug in her system and the media get interested. Then another overdose victim shows up. But this time the MO is different. The woman has been systematically beaten and all identifying features removed. The evidence doesn’t makes sense and her superiors seem to be obstructing Simms investigation.

The one person Simms can’t afford to associate with is Fenimore. He’s the only one who can help.

AD Garrett is the pseudonym for Margaret Murphy and Professor Dave Barclay’s writing collaboration.

Margaret Murphy is the author of nine internationally acclaimed psychological thrillers – both stand-alone and police series – and her work has been published in the UK, USA, and in translation across Europe. She has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics’ award for crime fiction, and the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger in the Library. She is founder of Murder Squad, a touring group of crime writers, which has inspired many other writers to come together to promote their work. Margaret ran the 2006-7 CWA Debut Dagger, and in 2009-10 was Chair of the CWA, during which time she was lead negotiator for the inclusion of the CWA Daggers in the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards. She is currently an RLF Writing Fellow at the University of Chester, and has tutored creative writing at Masters level, as well as presenting talks and workshops in creative writing for library groups and literature festivals.

Professor Dave Barclay is a world renowned forensics expert and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Professor Barclay has worked on some of Britain’s highest profile murder cases. He is also a former head of physical evidence for the UK National Crime and Operations Faculty, where he was involved in reviewing more than 200 murder investigations, cold case reviews and inquiries into alleged miscarriages of justice, including the Bloody Sunday inquiry, the Omagh bombing, the World’s End murders in Edinburgh, and the Milly Dowler and Soham murders.

His extensive experience also led him into becoming an adviser for the BBC television series ‘Waking the Dead’ and more recently, the Channel Four documentary, Dispatches, invited Prof Barclay to Praia da Luz, Portugal to review the Portuguese police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Dead Reckoning is to be published by Constable Robinson

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