Books published by Abacus

Forced Confessions

William Benson defends a man against a charge of murder, while his friends investigate the circumstances behind his own conviction, for which he served 11 years in jail.

Reviewed on 23 October 2021 by Chris Roberts

Force of Nature

Five women trek into the bush on a company away-day. Only four of them make it out.

Reviewed on 01 September 2018 by Linda Wilson

The Girl in the Fog

A psychiatrist is called in to a police station to interview a man after a car accident. Meanwhile, a young girl is missing from her family who live nearby. 

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Sylvia Maughan

Live By NIght

When Joe Coughlin and the Bartolo brothers raid a back-room card game, they are surprised to find a party of thugs working for one of the biggest gangsters in town. Joe falls in love with the girl serving drinks.

Reviewed on 29 April 2017 by Chris Roberts

The Hunter of the Dark

Marcus is a man who can see evil, but he has amnesia. In the past he appears to have been an investigator for an ancient holy order. The torso of a young woman is found within the Vatican walls. Before Marcus can investigate properly there are other murders, starting with two young lovers in a car.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Sylvia Maughan

A Midsummer's Equation

Retired Tokyo detective Tsukahara takes a trip to a quiet seaside resort and is found lifeless on the rocks the next morning. Professor Yukawa, another visitor, becomes involved as the background to the death is slowly unravelled.

Reviewed on 19 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Silent Ones

Father Anselm is approached by the head of a minor Order to trace a missing priest who ran from a police station while being questioned over an allegation of child abuse. Anselm finds he must again defend a man who is the only link to others who have chosen silence over their right to justice.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by John Cleal

Journey Under the Midnight Sun

A pawnbroker is found murdered in an abandoned building in Osaka in 1973. Detective Sagagaki’s initial efforts fail to achieve a result, but after 19 years he is still on the trail of two young people connected to the crime.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Chris Roberts

The Vanished Ones

Following a bad experience in the past, Mila Vasquez, a police officer, has chosen to be employed in the Missing Persons Bureau of the Federal Police. One day, unusually, she is asked to attend the scene of a massacre – against her will. Why is she asked?

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Sylvia Maughan

Dead Girl Walking

Disgraced journalist Jack Parlabane is hired to find a missing pop diva. His search takes him across Europe, into the murky backstage world of rock – and into danger.

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by John Cleal

The Whispering City

When a prominent socialite is murdered, young journalist Ana Martí Noguer gets her first chance at a big story – and enters a ruthless world of corruption and violence which lies behind the glitz and glamour of Barcelona’s Fascist power brokers.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by John Cleal

The Girl Who Wasn't There

Artist Sebastian von Eschburg is arrested for a murder of a girl, although no body has been found, and the victim can’t be identified.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Chris Roberts

The Spring of Kasper Meier

In 1946 Berlin, Kasper Meier is pressured to locate a RAF pilot but his attempts to find out the truth put him in extreme danger.

Reviewed on 21 February 2015 by Chris Roberts