London in Black
THE ATTACKS WON’T STOP. NEITHER WILL SHE.
Terrorists deploy London Black, a highly sophisticated nerve gas, at Waterloo Station. For ten percent of the population – the ‘Vulnerables’ – exposure means near-certain death. Only a lucky few survive.
Copy-cat strikes plague the city, its Vulnerable inhabitants kept safe by regular Boost injections. As the anniversary of the first attacks draws near, DI Lucy Stone, a guilt-ridden Vulnerable herself, is called to investigate the gruesome murder of a scientist. Her investigation soon unearths the possibility that he was working on an antidote – one that Lucy desperately needs, as her Boosts become less and less effective.
But is the antidote real? And can Lucy solve the case before her Boosts stop working?
'London in Black is a truly absorbing novel - an all-day-on-the-couch read if ever there was one. Its vision of the near future is plausible enough to be legitimately frightening... an unusually compelling thriller and will, I hope, be the first of many from him' Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead 'A compelling debut... with a protagonist you want to root for, and a fast-paced mystery at its heart. Excellent!' Guy Morpuss, author of Five Minds 'A taut and timely blend of crime and dystopia' Alex Scarrow, author of the DCI Boyd thrillers 'Noir meets dystopia in this genre bending, whirlwind of a read. Lutz's terrifying imagined future is startlingly relevant to our own troubled present. Read if you dare' Amy Lilwall, author of The Biggerers
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