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The Meanest Flood [Paperback]

John Baker

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20 Feb 2003

Sam Turner returns to his home town, after completing a case in Nottingham, to find storm clouds gathering and the police waiting for him. He discovers that two of his ex-wives have been killed and that he is a suspect. Sam is released on condition that he does not leave York, but he sees a pattern in the two murders and guesses that the next victim will be another of his exes - Julie. Sam rushes to Oslo, where Julie now lives, but his efforts are in vain. She too is killed.

Her murder marks out Sam as a prime suspect. He goes on the run, dodging not only the police, but the real killer.

Sam Turner finds himself embroiled in a terrifying mystery where he is both the fugitive and the detective, trying to anticipate the moves of the murderer and save his own skin.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st printing, with press release edition (20 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752856626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752856629
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,849,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRESS: John has been interviewed by the YORKSHIRE EVENING PRESS about The Meanest Flood and his writing in general. He is also going to be interviewed onBBC RADIO YORK in the next 2 weeks. Reviews are also expected in the crime specialist press, including: CRIME TIME, TANGLED WEB and SHOTS. 'It is a mystery why John Baker isn't better known, because his thoughtful, absorbing novels novels featuring the private detective Sam Turner are several cuts above many best-selling titles. In The Meanest Flood the detective is in deep trouble. A professional magician is murdering Sam's ex-wives and girlfriends and hasframes him for the crimes. Sam's personality, flawed as it is, makes him an attractive hero, and the witty dialogue and sharp characterisation enliven this first-rate thriller. Susanna Yager in THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 16/03/03 'Blending the traditions of the private eye story and the serial killer thriller, Baker gives us a fast-paced and engaging read. But it is the characters and their voices: quirky, fallible, confused and trying their best to tread an honourable path, who bring the brightest pleasure.' MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS 22/3/03 'All authors are looking for the novel that's going to propel them into the first division...and with John Baker it could well be The Meanest Flood. Inthis sixth Sam Turner novel, Baker turns up the heat, producing an enjoyablypacy thriller that leaves its predecessors standing.' TIME OUT 12/3/03 'Baker's increasingly well -realised characters communicate through an entertaining and convincing mixture of philosophy, banter and mutual incomprehension.' MORNING STAR 10/3/03 'The Meanest Flood is written with compassion, wit and almost diabolical cleverness.' BOLTON EVENING NEWS EVENTS: John is part of MURDER SQUAD and takes part in events in libraries and bookshops in and around the north of England, as well as at literary festivals throughout the year. John did an advertised stock signing at WATERSTONE'S HULL on Saturday 22 February. The bookshop were pleased and sales were 'in double figures'. John is taking part in a Readers Day in York (organised by Tom Palmer) on Saturday 22 March when he will talk about his previous novel 'Shooting in the Dark' with a readers group in the morning and will read from and talk about The Meanest Flood in the afternoon. He will also be at WINCHESTER CENTRAL LIBRARY on Saturday

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The brilliant new novel from the author of SHOOTING IN THE DARK...

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