The Disappeared

I’ve been incredibly busy lately completing ‘The Search’, which is the third in my series of crime novels for Penguin Random House, featuring Detective Sergeant Ian Bradshaw and investigative journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton. I’ve also been putting the finishing touches to my first historical novel, ‘Hunting the Hangman’, for No Exit, finally bringing to an end my obsession with the plot to assassinate Nazi General, Reinhard Heydrich, in Prague in 1942. Now that both books are complete and set for publication in May 2017, I can turn my attention to the next one in my north-east-set crime series. I’m delighted to announce that I have signed a new two book deal with Penguin, the first of which, ‘The Disappeared’ will be published in 2018. If you would like to know what this one is all about then please read on to see what Penguin has to say about it.

When she woke to find herself imprisoned in a large metal box the only thing that terrified her more than the prospect of her captor returning was the thought that he might not. Then she would be trapped, at least until she ran out of the things she needed most; food, water, air.


Book 4 in the Ian Bradshaw, Helen Norton and Tom Carney series

DS Ian Bradshaw and investigative journalists Helen Norton and Tom Carney must combine once more to unravel a chilling secret that links two generations of women who vanished without trace or explanation.

These are not teenage runaways or drug users, vulnerable prostitutes or victims of domestic abuse, there is no strife at home or problems at school. There are no leads or explanations and, crucially, no bodies are found. The only thing that links these ordinary women is what they leave behind; distraught families, devastated partners, shocked friends, all longing for the same answer; what could have happened to The Disappeared?

The disappearance of seemingly normal women. The blackmail of someone with a dark secret. The mind of a reluctant killer twisted by years of abuse. The Disappeared is the dark and compelling new novel from Howard Linskey and is available to preorder now.