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The Girl Who Broke the Rules

(The second book in the George McKenzie Crime Thriller series)
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To catch one brutal killer, she needs the help of another…Meet Georgina McKenzie, a heroine to die for who has taken British mystery, thriller and suspense fans by storm and who now has US readers gripped!

When the mutilated bodies of two sex workers are found in Amsterdam, troubled, cynical Chief Inspector Paul van den Bergen must find a brutal murderer before the red light district erupts into panic. 

Ever the loner, fearless Cambridge University PhD, George McKenzie is conducting research into pornography among the UK’s most violent offenders. Once Van den Bergen calls on her criminology expertise, however, she is only too happy to leave London and Cambridge behind to help him and his team of detectives in the Dutch police.

The rising death toll forces George and Van den Bergen to navigate the labyrinthine worlds of Soho strip-club sleaze, organized crime and trans-national human trafficking. And with the case growing more complicated, George must walk the halls of Broadmoor psychiatric hospital, seeking advice from the brilliant serial killer, Dr. Silas Holm…

With murder meeting them at every twist and turn, can they solve this dark, suspenseful mystery before The Butcher claims his next victim?

The Girl Who Broke the Rules will have readers’ pulses pounding from start to finish as the most refreshing heroine in crime-fiction since Lisbeth Salander journeys to the corrupt heart of international crime. The George McKenzie series offers lovers of crime-thrillers and P.I./police procedurals alike the perfect blend of edge-of-your-seat thrills in fascinating settings, with a multi-layered mystery at the core of each book.

Winner of a Dead Good Reader Award in the UK for best location (Amsterdam, London and Cambridge), the George McKenzie series is a must-read for all fans of Stieg Larsson. Readers of Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series will root for George, and fans of Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike will love, love, love the dynamic between her and Van den Bergen – they’re a sleuthing duo like no other.

With five books publishing in the US over the coming months, all of which can be read out of sequence, meet George today, and watch out for that killer twist!

Praise for Marnie Riches

'This thriller plunges you head first into the action and keeps you gripped until the very last page' USA Today #1 Bestselling author of "Silent Victim", Caroline Mitchell

‘Really fast paced and exciting…exhilarating, dark and smart.” US book-blogger, Novel Gossip.

'Fast, furious, fantastic…One killer thriller!’ Mark Edwards, international Amazon Bestseller

‘Marnie Riches is already a leading light in the field of Mancunian noir. Born Bad vividly covers all aspects of her city, from its rundown backstreets and grime-covered civic buildings to its rich musical legacy…It’s impressive.’ The Guardian

'Pacey, poignant, funny and violent, it grabs you by the hand and drags you down the mean streets of Manchester with such verve and authenticity that you can almost smell the rain and blood as you turn the pages.' Simon Toyne, international bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy

‘The book I could not put down’ US Amazon reviewer

‘I can’t wait to read the next in the series’ US Amazon reviewer

‘Reminds me of the best Scandinavian crime writers like Jo Nesbo and Stieg Larsson’ UK Amazon reviewer

‘Great first book for unforgettable character, George McKenzie’ US Amazon reviewer

‘A suspenseful page-turner’ US Amazon reviewer

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Marnie Riches's The Girl Who Broke the Rules

Paperback Editions

May 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: The Girl Who Broke the Rules: Book 2 (George McKenzie)
Author(s): Marnie Riches
ISBN: 0-00-827145-3 / 978-0-00-827145-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Avon
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

October 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Girl Who Broke the Rules: An absolutely gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist (George McKenzie series, US Edition Book 2)
Author(s): Marnie Riches
Publisher: The Word Factor-e
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

August 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Girl Who Broke the Rules (George McKenzie, Book 2)
Author(s): Marnie Riches
Publisher: One More Chapter
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU