Dead Lands

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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.

About the author

Lloyd was born in London and attained a BA (Hons) in Media and Communication. After gaining several years of valuable experience within the finance and digital sectors, he completed a course in journalism and has interviewed a host of bestselling authors, such as Mark Billingham, Hugh Howey, Kerry Hudson and Lawrence Block. Two of his short stories were selected for publication in the ‘Out of My Window’ anthology.

Lloyd is a former member of the Forest Hill Writers’ Group  and a former student of the Curtis Brown Creative Writing Course.  He has blogged for The Bookseller, The Huffington Post. Dead Lands is his debut novel.


Latest News

Read my ‘New Author Profile’ interview in the February 2018 issue of Writing Magazine (out now).

Writing Magazine February 2018

It’s 2018 and we welcome in the New Year. Dead Lands is now available on 

I’m pleased to announce that the Dead Lands Unabridged Audiobook will be released on the 14th December 2017, narrated by actor Ben Onwukwe. Ben has appeared in EastEnders, Coronation Street, Doctors, and London’s Burning. The Audiobook can be ordered here.

Book cover and narrator

Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 14/12/2017
Publisher: Audible Studios

My interview on Crime Fiction Lover

My guest post on Shots Mag Blog

DEAD LANDS BLOG TOUR  | October 12th – November 7th           

October 12th – Dead Lands Launch

Dead Lands launched in central London and I was really pleased to finally introduce Breck and Kearns to everyone. Amid the drinks, feverish chatter and background music, the past came back in full swing. Special mentions went out to Team Dead Lands, which included the Urbane team and bloggers on the tour, also to fellow crime writers and friends in attendance – then the book signing got underway. It was a great night and oh, the Dead Lands cupcakes were pretty good too.

8th – 10th September

Bloody Scotland


Being selected for ‘Crime in the Spotlight’ is like being asked to be the support band on a major stadium tour. A bit like what Travis were to Oasis. Two years ago Graeme Macrae Burnet appeared ‘in the spotlight’ immediately before Ian Rankin, one year later he was shortlisted for The Man Booker. It’s a great opportunity to perform in front of a vast audience of potential fans.

The Directors of Bloody Scotland have selected the authors and paired them with the acts they will be supporting this year.

Your chance to be in at the birth of some great careers!

– Val McDermid. CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger 2010 Winner, and Anthony Award for Best Critical/Non-Fiction book 2016 Winner.

Crime in the Spotlight List
Crime in the Spotlight Authors


Crime in the Spotlight reading

29th June 2017 – Crime In the Court 

Catch me at Crime in the Court 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  alongside a host of your favourite authors at Goldsboro Books,  23/25 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ.


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