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But with a final lifeline offered by a former student of his, Martin takes up the case of a missing male prostitute, an investigation that skirts both their worlds, forcing him back into the run-down estates awash with narcotics, violence, and sex, temptations he must resist if he is to resume his life as the good man he remembers himself to be.
To stay out of jail, to punish whoever tried to kill him, and to earn his redemption, Martin attempts to unravel the circumstances of his assault, and—more importantly—establish why everyone from his past, his former friends, and his new acquaintances, appear to be lying at every turn.
Author A. D. Davies follows up his acclaimed debut novel “His First His Second” with the story of a man chasing a past that nobody wants him to recall.
Praise for "His First His Second":
“An intriguing mix of police procedural and serial killer thriller, that will tease, involve and unnerve you. An entertaining and intriguing debut” – crimefictionlover.com
“Want a book with twists and turns? This is the one. It will not disappoint” – Undercover Book Reviews
Q. This is your second novel. Is it a direct sequel to His First His Second?
A. Not a direct sequel, no, but it is set in the same story world and have thrown in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from that novel. This one is a bit gritty, a British Detective novel with some edge.
Q. So it’s a stand-alone. Who do you see this appealing to?
A. As well as being gritty, it’s a fast-paced mystery with something of an out-there concept, so those who enjoy James Patterson, Mark Billingham, David Baldacci, Dean Koontz, perhaps even Dan Brown (although it’s not a religious conspiracy). Those page-turning mysteries with twists and turns that keep the reader guessing—that’s what I’m aiming for here.
Q. It’s gritty, it’s fast-paced; is it violent?
A. Sporadically, but not gratuitously; it’s a violent world these characters inhabit. The violence is down and dirty, though, not action-adventure violence.
Q. That’s becoming a bit of a signature for you isn’t it?
A. I suppose so. When someone gets hurt, it hurts. When someone fires a gun in my novels, it’s a big deal. Partly, I suppose, because it’s set in Britain and we aren’t used to that here, but also because, well, shooting someone IS a big deal. Death and injury are not glamorous in my books.
Q. And sex?
A. It is also sexually explicit in very short passages. It is not erotic by any means, but it is described in detail, mainly because it is from the protagonist’s point of view and he examines every situation like that. The minutiae might hold the next clue, even in sexual situations.
Q. What’s next?
A. A new private detective novel in early summer 2015, and a second Alicia Friend book in the autumn/early winter.
Q. Your dates are fairly vague. Where can people hear about this?
A. When I know the exact dates, I will announce on my newsletter www.addavies.com/newsletter which will include updates, giveaways, contests, and anything else I think is useful.