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Blacklands - Belinda Bauer

Blacklands - Belinda Bauer

Title: Blacklands

Author:  Belinda Bauer

ISBN:  9780593062944

Weight:  990g

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Blacklands by Belinda Bauer

Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body.  Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery.

Only Steven’s nan is not convinced her son is dead.  She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her.  Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it’s too late.  And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he’ll do it.

So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison.  And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored serial killer.

A game that will have more terrifying consequences than Steven could ever imagine…

Peer & Press Reviews

With this extraordinarily powerful and provocative debut, Belinda Bauer has shifted the boundaries of what makes a truly gripping, terrifying thriller.  Imagine Thomas Harris crossed with Kate Atkinson and you still won’t be close…  Right from the start you know you are reading something both new and with real guts… will leave you breathless.

Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror

Blacklands is a very special debut thriller, and a clear-eyed depiction of ordinary people under extraordinary stress.  This is something quite new.

Ann Cleeves, winner of 2006 CWA Gold Dagger

[Bauer’s] portrait of the psychopath chills the blood.  The reader is fully gripped…  Bauer’s first novel shows an extraordinary power of imagination and, vital in crime fiction, the ability to create fear and empathy in the reader

Jane Jakeman, Independent

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Blacklands
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Book features: Black boards with silver-coloured text on spine, tan endpapers.
Overall condition: Near fine / Very fine – what would otherwise be a Fine book if not for a slight ripple to spine side of the title and half title pages – priced accordingly (for more info, see our article on condition grades).
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Lined: Yes – ‘I’m looking for WP…’
Dated: Yes – January 14 2010
Book Stats
Publisher: Transworld Publishers
Imprint: Bantam Press
Awards and prizes: CWA Gold Dagger Award 2010 – winner
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Chatham
ISBN 13: 9780593062944
ISBN 10: 0593062949
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 281
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 160 x 30mm
Design Credits
Author photo: Johnny Ring
Jacket design: Claire Ward / TW
Jacket images: Ray Loughlin

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