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Body Breaker

On sale

9th January 2020

Price: £9.99

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781472132666

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‘This is high quality crime writing’ A A Dhand

The second dark and twisted thriller in the Avison Fluke series by M. W. Craven, the acclaimed author of The Puppet Show.

Investigating how a severed hand ends up on the third green of a Cumbrian golf course is not how Detective Inspector Avison Fluke has planned to spend his Saturday. So when a secret protection unit from London swoops in quoting national security, he’s secretly pleased.

But trouble is never far away. A young woman arrives at his lakeside cabin with a cryptic message: a code known to only a handful of people and it forces Fluke back into the investigation he’s only just been barred from.

In a case that will change his life forever, Fluke immerses himself in a world of New Age travellers, corrupt cops and domestic extremists. Before long he’s alienated his entire team, has been arrested under the Terrorism Act – and has made a pact with the Devil himself. But a voice has called out to him from beyond the grave. And Fluke is only getting started…

Praise for M. W. Craven:

‘Dark, sharp and compelling’ PETER JAMES

‘Fantastic’ MARTINA COLE

‘Britain’s answer to Harry Bosch’ MATT HILTON

‘Thrilling’ MICK HERRON

‘Brilliantly inventive’ WILLIAM SHAW

‘A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent’ DAVID MARK


Martina Cole
David Mark
A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint-hearted!
Jo Jakeman
I loved this book!
Peter James
Dark, sharp and compelling
Mick Herron
A thrilling curtain-raiser for what looks set to be a great new series
A. A. Dhand
I cannot recall the last time I binge read a novel in 36 hours . . . truly mind-blowing
Caro Ramsay
Mike Craven is a forceful new voice in British crime fiction
A fantastic read which draws you in from the first line. Its narrative is written with such skill that I challenge any reader to deny its siren call . . . Craven's plotting kept me guessing . . . With sumptuous prose, great characters and a labyrinthine plot, Body Breaker has everything you need in a police thriller
William Shaw
A book that shines with tension, wit and invention
Victoria Selman
Dark, thrilling and unputdownable with sharply drawn characters that stride off the page
Michael J. Malone
Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read
Graham Smith
A brilliant start to what promises to be a fantastic series; get it now or kick yourself for missing out
Mystery People
Fluke is a magnificent creation . . . Highly entertaining reading . . . Very pacey, hugely interesting, never a dull moment and with characters and a conclusion I could enjoy
Praise for M. W. Craven:
Matt Hilton
Washington Poe is a name destined to be spoken by crime fiction enthusiasts everywhere: Britain's answer to Harry Bosch. The Puppet Show is a wickedly, twisting and turning, mystery that will have readers breathlessly turning the pages until the final shocking conclusion