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EXCLUSION ZONE is the debut crime fiction novel from J.M. Hewitt. Set in the wilderness of Chernobyl the story follows two timelines, present day and immediately after the nuclear explosion in 1986.
On 26th April 1986, reactor four exploded at the factory in Pripyat, Chernobyl.
At the same time teenager Afia Bello vanished from her home without a trace.
The damage from the nuclear fallout is examined over the following weeks, months and years by Afia’s younger sister Sissy, as she unwittingly uncovers clues relating to her sister’s disappearance, and the secret life that Afia kept hidden from her family.
In the summer of 2015 Private Detective Alex Harvey is hired to investigate the disappearances that have been occurring within the exclusion zone.
He can think of only one person to bring along with him to help; Ukrainian national Elian Gould.
Elian - who was adopted at birth - has her own reasons for accepting the job; namely to search for her own family history which has always been a mystery to her.
But the remaining citizens of Chernobyl are hiding their own secrets and with a darker force at work, the missing person’s case suddenly turns into something much more serious…
THE HUNGER WITHIN
Northern Ireland, 1981
The Troubles are tearing apart the country.
Neighbour turns on neighbour as the Catholic/Protestant divide rages on.
In Maze Prison, a group of men start a hunger strike, wanting to be recognised as political prisoners. On the outside, personal lives are also caught up in the turmoil.
When Bronwyn and Danny married, she had high hopes for their future.
Now, they barely speak and Danny keeps such strange hours.
When she learns Danny is involved in a shooting, she calls the police and he's sent off to the Maze, where he joins the hunger strikes.
Meanwhile Rose James is not a pretty girl, nor is she strong.
But she’s risking everything to date Connor Dean, a Protestant.
When Connor is shot, Rose’s world threatens to tear apart,
Her mother throws her out and with nowhere to go, she moves in with Connor’s mother, Mary, a formidable woman who also lost Connor’s father to The Troubles.
But it's not long before Mary sets out to get rid of Rose, travelling to The Maze to enlist Danny’s help.
He is the man who shot her son and Mary knows there's nothing he won't do to get a job done.
He agrees to make her problem disappear, if Mary will get Bronwyn to visit him. But no one could foresee the events that the handshake deal triggers.
And as Danny weakens, and death hovers, everyone’s lives are changed forever.
Set against the backdrop of The Troubles, The Hunger Within is rich with history, pathos and the unique pride that comes with surviving in a dark and hostile time.