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The Blood Promise

(The third book in the DI Will Ashcroft series)
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‘John Kennedy is an exceptional talent. Authentic voice, impeccable pacing, pitch-perfect characterisation - but above all it’s the quality of his writing which had me gaping with envy.’ Roger Morris.

DI Will Ashcroft, having overcome the trauma of a previous child murder case, is now recovering after being shot in an organised crime operation in London. The incident has made him question his future in the force.

In the north, his former partner DS Samira Byrne, battling prejudice in and outside her department, finds herself involved with a human trafficking ring with ties to the local police.

Disowned and wanted for questioning after a trumped-up drugs allegation, Byrne is forced to go on the run with a young woman she has rescued from the criminal gang.

Ashcroft returns to the north, determined to find Byrne and clear her name. He uncovers a web of corruption and narrowly escapes the gang’s dangerously unhinged enforcer, Dean.

The gang, however, are intent on finding both women and silencing them before their evidence can come to light.

Ashcroft discovers that the corruption may have spread into the higher reaches of the force.

Facing a killer who takes pleasure in his work, Ashcroft must put his reputation - and his life - at risk.

John Kennedy has been shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger and the Exeter prize. He is also the author of The Trauma Pool and The Kill Chain.

Praise for John Kennedy:
'Gritty, dark, full of edgy action and authentic characters. The tension simmers from start to finish.'
Frank Malley, author of The 13th Assassin.

‘Kennedy knows how to develop plots and characters.’
Thomas Waugh, author of Enough is Enough.

Genre: Mystery

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