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The Dead on Leave

A novel by

'Fascinating tale of murder and deception set against the political tensions between Mosley's Blackshirts and working-class Communists in 1930s Leeds. Perfectly captures the atmosphere of a city struggling to shake off the effects of the Great Depression.' - A.J. Wright, bestselling author of Sitting Murder

Leeds, Autumn 1936.

During a British Union of Fascists rally, a body is found.

War veteran Detective Sergeant Urban Raven is tasked with finding the killer.

But with virtually no clues, no witnesses and no obvious motive, he has few leads to start the investigation.

Leeds has become a shadow of its former self. Once a bright, vibrant and progressive metropolis, it has all but ground to a halt since the Crash of '29, the Depression and the ensuing descent into unemployment and poverty.

And there are political stirrings as the BUF vie with the Communist Party for public support.

Was the murder an act of vengeance?

Was the victim killed for his political beliefs?

Or was the killing part of a more sinister plan, a grisly smear campaign? And if so, which side, if either, is responsible?

Raven and his colleagues find themselves constantly hindered by red tape, politics and the press. But sometimes, if you want a result, you just have to do it your way...

This puzzler of a crime story comprises convincing characters, a clever plot and a window into the dark days of 1930s northern England, where so many had lost hope...

... the dead. On leave.

Chris Nickson, author of the Richard Nottingham series, was born and raised in Leeds, England. A well-known music journalist and author, he's written many celebrity biographies as well as being a frequent contributor to numerous music magazines.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: The Dead on Leave: Dangerous times need dangerous men
Author(s): Chris Nickson
ISBN: 1-911445-61-8 / 978-1-911445-61-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Endeavour Quill
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

May 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Dead on Leave: Dangerous times need dangerous men
Author(s): Chris Nickson
Publisher: Endeavour Quill
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU