Bad Blood

An eight-year-old boy is abandoned by his mother at a fairground and raised by a clan of Irish Travellers as one of their own. Given the name ‘Harry’ (as in any Tom, Dick or Harry) he carves out a reputation as a young bare-knuckle boxer who never backs down and earns himself the clan name ‘Badger’.

Eight years on Badger is angry, dangerous and ready to make his own way in the world. He severs all ties with his clan and in a final act of rebellion joins the London Metropolitan Police Force. He soon finds his niche as an undercover operative, blending in everywhere yet belonging nowhere. Just as Harry believes he has left his clan roots and ‘Badger’ behind him, he is sent by his superiors to establish a connection with a clan living in an informal land settlement in Bedford. A Traveller child named Mikey has been abducted and the clan is refusing to cooperate with the investigation.

Harry pairs up with Emily, an idealistic Social Services Liaison Officer, to investigate the case. Together they uncover a string of gruesome child murders and abductions dating back to 1985. Badger finds himself drawn deeper into clan life and he is ultimately forced to confront the truth about his own conflicted childhood if he is to save Mikey from becoming another victim of a twisted serial killer.

This gripping debut novel is guaranteed to keep you spellbound from the first page all the way through to its twist-in-the-tail climax.

  • EAN: 9781770101012
  • eBook EAN: 9781770101371
  • Pages: 208 pp
  • Format: Trade Paperback (234 x 153 mm)
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Previous Praise for Amanda Coetzee

‘I simply couldn’t put it down, and finished it in one sitting.’ – K.J. Mulder,

‘This is the sort of book that can be devoured in a single sitting – the writing is simple, the plot engaging and the pace quick enough to get the adrenalin flowing.’ – Claire Reddie, You magazine

‘This assured debut grabs you by the throat in the prologue and doesn’t let up for 200 pages … Coetzee plots and paces immaculately. The story tears along, switching effortlessly between locations and decades as Harry uncovers a trail of dead youngsters. He’s one of the most refreshing heroes to come along in a while, and I can’t wait to meet him again.’ – Michele Magwood, Magwood on Books

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