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When a woman’s body is found a specialist unit is called in to investigate and prime suspect Alexander Troy is arrested for the murder. Desperate to remain a free man, Troy protests his innocence, but refuses to use his alibi. Trying to protect the woman he loves becomes a dangerous game – questions are asked and suspicions deepen.
When the prime suspect completes a daring escape from custody, DI Breck and DS Kearns begin the hunt. Breck wants out of the force while Kearns has her own agenda and seeks revenge, and a right-wing march provides an explosive backdrop in the hunt for Troy.
Lloyd Otis, a big new talent to watch out for.” – Craig Russell. 2008 CWA Dagger in the Library winner, 2015 McIlvanney Prize winner, and 2017 McIlvanney Prize finalist.
An excellent debut thriller from Lloyd Otis.” – Mark Mayes, author of The Gift Maker.
A multifaceted novel, with themes of violence, past secrets, and lies. 5/5* Genius.” – Anne Bonny Book Reviews.
Lloyd Otis makes a solid debut as a novelist with Dead Lands.” – The Novel Gent.
One hell of a murder mystery. I highly recommend it.” – Brew and Books Review.
A very good debut novel.”- Martha B, NetGalley reviewer.
If you’re a fan of Crime stories then you most definitely will not be disappointed.” – Jessica Loves To Read
A terrific first crime novel that presses all the right buttons and delivers.” – The Last Word Book Review.
Brilliant, atmospheric 1970s-set thriller. Highly recommended!” – Hayley Webster, author of Jar Baby.
Would I recommend this book? Hell yes! 5/5*” – Minimac Reviews.
A brilliant, high action and tense debut full of secrets and misdirection. Well done Mr Otis. Highly recommended.” – Jen Med’s Book Reviews.
Brimming with the atmosphere of 70s Britain.” – Books Are My Cwtches.
A really enjoyable read. Lloyd Otis is a talented writer.” – Hooked From Page One.
A clever, enjoyable, nostalgic, look back at my favourite decade.” – Angelena Boden, author of The Cruelty of Lambs.
A fabulous read that was bold, gripping and full of intrigue and definitely an author to watch out for in the future!” – Books and Me.
Lloyd Otis is a fresh new talent, exploding onto the crime scene.” – My Chestnut Reading Tree.
Dead Lands – an assured and gripping debut that sucks you in.” – Stav Sherez, shortlisted for the CWA John Creasy Dagger Award, author of A Dark Redemption, and The Intrusions.
I think it [Dead Lands] was great and Lloyd is a great writer!” – Natasha, Chicago, IL.