Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Certainly not a Blue Monday!

Monday saw the launch of the new Nicci French book Blue Monday at Penguin’s Offices in central London. The launch took place on the 10th floor of their building along the Strand which afforded us magnificent views of the London skyline. It was just a shame that the rain did not afford us a clear view.

Blue Monday
is a new series for the crime-writing duo and the first in a new series of 8 crime novels featuring a series character. They will be published over the next ten years, with the first seven each named after a day of the week. The final title will bring the whole series together. Set in London Psychotherapist Frieda Klein will be introduced as the series heroine in the first title.

Monday, the lowest point of the week. A day of dark impulses. A day to snatch a child from the streets ...The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he has a hunger for a child. A child he can describe in perfect detail, a child the spitting image of Matthew. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson doesn't take Frieda's concerns seriously until a link emerges with an unsolved abduction twenty years ago and he summons Frieda to interview the victim's sister, hoping she can stir hidden memories. Before long, Frieda is at the centre of the race to track the kidnapper. But her race isn't physical. She must chase down the darkest paths of a psychopath's mind to find the answers to Matthew Farraday's whereabouts. And sometimes the mind is the deadliest place to lose yourself.

Those joining Nicci French for the launch included the editor of Crime Time Barry Forshaw and Chris Simmons of Crime Squad.

More information about Nicci French and their books can be found here.

Pictures © Ayo Onatade

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