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The Girl Who Wouldn't Die

(The first book in the George McKenzie Crime Thriller series)
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A city on fire, a killer on the loose, and she’s next…Introducing 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 in this unforgettable debut!

When Amsterdam wakes to an explosion that rips the heart out of the city, Georgina McKenzie doubts the media claims that a suicide-bomber has targeted her new adoptive home. She’s an aspiring criminologist from the tough housing projects of London, England. Super-smart, sassy and fearless, a woman like George knows truth from lies, and her instincts tell her something is amiss…

Investigating the case is cynical Inspector Paul van den Bergen. He has the best solve-rate on the force, but like George, his rebellious nature makes him ever the outsider. Realizing he needs her unique insight into the criminal mind to find the culprit behind the terror attack, he asks for George’s help.

But young men are also starting to die in gruesome circumstances. When George suspects the brutal murders might be connected to the bombing, the case turns into something even more twisted and terrifying.

Could a serial killer walk among Amsterdam’s student population and prowl the city’s infamous red-light-district? Can George and Van den Bergen piece together the terrible puzzle before he claims his next victim? 

The hunt is on, but little does George realize that she is now the prey…

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die 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 police/P.I. procedurals alike the perfect blend of edge-of-your-seat thrills in fascinating settings, with a multi-layered mystery at the heart of each book.

Winner of a Dead Good Reader Award in the UK for best location (Amsterdam, London and Cambridge), The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is a must-read for all fans of Stieg Larsson. If you like Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series and Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike, you'll love, love, love this too.

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

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

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

‘Marnie Riches is already a leading light in the field of Mancunian noir…It’s impressive.’ The Guardian

'Pacy, poignant, funny and violent.' Simon Toyne, international bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy & Solomon Creed.

‘Gritty and gripping’ Kimberley Chambers, Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller

‘The writing is slick and razor sharp, the characters are edgy and driven, and you won't find dialogue this gritty from anyone but Riches.’ Helen Fields, author of Perfect Prey

‘I loved the energy of this book…Riches’ story-telling is blistering, vivid and super-pacy.’ Helen Cadbury

‘Fast-paced and enthralling’ C. L. Taylor, author of The Missing

‘A strong, edgy debut that deserves to do well’ Clare Mackintosh

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

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"A strong, edgy debut that deserves to do well." - Clare Mackintosh

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Used availability for Marnie Riches's The Girl Who Wouldn't Die

Paperback Editions

May 2018 : UK Paperback

Title: The Girl Who Wouldn't Die: The first book in an addictive crime series that will have you gripped: Book 1 (George McKenzie)
Author(s): Marnie Riches
ISBN: 0-00-827144-5 / 978-0-00-827144-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Avon
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Girl Who Wouldn't Die: A dark, gripping thriller with a killer twist (George McKenzie series, US edition Book 1)
Author(s): Marnie Riches
Publisher: The Word Factor-e
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

April 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Girl Who Wouldn't Die: The first book in an addictive crime series that will have you gripped (George McKenzie, Book 1)
Author(s): Marnie Riches
Publisher: One More Chapter
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU