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The body of a prominent business lawyer is found naked and shackled to a frame following a house fire.

Six weeks earlier, his wife, a nurse, has discovered he owns the property. Unconvinced by her husband’s explanations, she obtains spare keys and makes some surprising discoveries.

DI Strong is put out by the imposition of a new DCI over him. When he is called to the sudden death of a transsexual whose body had lain undiscovered for over a year in her bath, a card with the words Talisman Club is noticed on her bedside table. But with no cause to arouse suspicion, the case is dismissed as just another sad incident.

Souter is alerted to rumours of bribery and corruption involving council officials and a Scottish property developer, associated with a project that attracts government and European funding. His investigations uncover connections to the mysterious Talisman Club, attracting dangerous attention.

Are there links between the lawyer, the transsexual and the property deal? What is the secretive Talisman Club? Strong and Souter put themselves in extreme peril by trying to unlock the truth.

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David Evans

David graduated from Manchester University and had a successful career as a professional in the construction industry. His writing has generated strong acclaim having had a stage play shortlisted in the Essex Playwrights Festival in 2001 and gaining Commended and Highly Commended awards at Writers’ Conferences in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for his crime writing. In 2013, his novel, TORMENT, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. His work is also exampled in How to Write a Chiller Thriller by Sally Spedding and published in April 2014. He has frequently been profiled in the press including Yorkshire Post, East Anglian Daily Times and BBC Radio. He is a frequent guest of the Essex Book Festival and a regular attendee at the Writers’ Café events of the Ipswich Arts Festival. Delighted to have a 3 book publishing deal with Bloodhound Books for his Wakefield Series of crime fiction.

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