Between the Crosses is another sophisticated and brilliantly crafted crime novel, featuring Afghan army veteran and Detective Constable Joseph Stark.
First book If I Should Die was the WINNER of the 2014-2015 Waverton Good Read Award. Previous winners include Mark Haddon, Marina Lewycka, Tom Rob Smith and Rachel Joyce.
No longer a trainee but a freshly-minted Detective Constable, Joseph Stark finds himself working a double homicide. Thomas and Mary Chase were shot dead in their London home, and first impressions are that this is a burglary-gone-bad.
But Stark is unconvinced. Burglary-murders are usually a tragic case of unfortunate timing, but this feels like something else entirely. And when evidence arises to link this murder to a twenty year old cold case the hunt is well and truly on.
Following If I Should Die Joseph Stark's second investigation is a clever, action-packed and entertaining mystery.
Praise for Matthew Frank:
'Stark is such a terrific hero' Sarah Hilary
'A gripping murder story . . . Frank brilliantly maintains a balance between the demands of a complex plot and his character's difficulty in returning to civilian life . . . an accomplished first novel' Sunday Times on If I Should Die
'Well researched and totally convincing, this is the first of several Stark books. Great news if they're as good as this' Sunday Mirror on If I Should Die
Stark is such a terrific hero
A gripping murder story ... Frank brilliantly maintains a balance between the demands of a complex plot and his character's difficulty in returning to civilian life ... an accomplished first novel
Well researched and totally convincing, this is the first of several Stark books. Great news if they're as good as this
A very powerful novel. The writing is so good that it is difficult to believe that this is a debut
A highly assured debut ... we'll look forward to the next
A great debut introducing an unusual lead character - I'm looking forward to reading more in the series - 5*s