We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

A deadly role becomes murder in the theatre…

When writer Ben Anderson goes to Downshead Repertory Theatre company to see the rehearsals for his first play, he is not prepared for what follows.

Sitting in the audience, he witnesses a horrific murder: a prop gun has been swapped with the real thing with deadly consequences. And when a second killing occurs, and the local CID officer is suspicious of Ben’s part in the mysterious events, things go from bad to much, much worse…


Compton has been one of Britain's most original and consistent novelists since the late Sixties, but he has never received the attention he deserves...Compton's prose is fine-tuned, his human insights sharp, and his narrative pace filled with the weird synchronicities and dissonances of how violent things usually happen