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Sweet William

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Life and death played out over 48 hours.

A father desperate to be with his young son escapes from a secure psychiatric hospital, knowing he has just one chance for the two of them to start a new life together.

His goal is to snatch the three-year-old - a diabetic who needs insulin to stay alive - and run away to France... but first he must find the boy, evade his foster family and stay well clear of the police, already in pursuit.

A real page-turner cut through with dark humour, Sweet William zeroes in on a potent mix: mental illness, a foster family under pressure, and an aggrieved father separated from his precious child. The result is an incisive and deeply affecting literary thriller.

"Extremely well written and very frightening." Barbara Nadel

"A breathless journey through fear and love, that explores how interdependent those two extreme emotions are." Ewan Morrison

"Tense... astounding... dark and chilling... and shockingly realistic. Gripping and immersive... an intelligently written thriller that deals with the intricacies of the human brain, mixed up with the emotional ties of the family." Anne Cater, Random Things Through my Letterbox

"Iain Maitland's knowledge and expertise come across on every page. Taut, darkly humorous and heartbreaking all at the same time, with an unforgettable narrator, Sweet William packs a real emotional punch." Lisa Gray, Daily Record

"A dark, rocket-paced thriller that will give plenty to think about." Jon Wise, Sunday Sport

"A story of danger, delirium and devastation... an absolutely electrifying read that gripped me from start to finish." Alix Long, Delightful Book Reviews

"An edgy and ultimately terrifying read... Iain Maitland pulls off and captures the whole thing through Raymond's flippant reasoning. It makes petrifying reading... This is an edge of your seat, nail-biting read that will haunt you way after you finish reading." Books from Dusk Till Dawn

Genre: Mystery    

Praise for this book

"A breathless journey through fear and love that explores how interdependent those two extreme emotions are." - Ewan Morrison

"Very frightening." - Barbara Nadel

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Hardback Editions

October 2017 : UK Hardback

Title: Sweet William
Author(s): Iain Maitland
ISBN: 1-910192-91-0 / 978-1-910192-91-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Saraband
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2017 : UK Kindle edition

Title: Sweet William
Author(s): Iain Maitland
Publisher: Contraband
Availability: Amazon UK