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Audio

Shooter in the Shadows, an Audible original

Out today, worldwide, is a brand new Audible original, a unique two-person narration thriller that switches from the present in a remote part of the Venetian lagoon to the past in upstate New York.

It’s a full-length story about a writer locked away in a crumbling mansion in the lagoon, suddenly finding he’s facing the most dangerous deadline of his life.

Welcome to Shooter in the Shadows

Here’s what to expect…

Tom Honeyman made his name cracking a horrific double murder in his hometown of Prosper, New York. He got an international best seller out of it, made a small fortune, and left his newspaper reporting days behind. 

But was it all based on a lie? 

Now, more than a decade after his one and only success, Honeyman’s life is in tatters. His wife committed suicide, his daughter hasn’t spoken to him in years, and his books don’t sell. He’s sequestered himself in his wreck of a retreat on an island in Venice, desperate to find the inspiration that will revive his career. 

But Tom Honeyman is not alone. 

An unseen stranger tells Honeyman he got it wrong all those years ago. And he has just four days to uncover the real murderer. 

Tom Honeyman is no longer writing for his livelihood. He’s writing for his life.

This is a fast-moving story that moves between the present in Venice and the past in New York as Honeyman tries to reconstruct a story that will keep him alive. It’s a taut, exciting listen, but one that’s about people too, about family, and about how difficult it can be to bury a lie, however much you want.

I’m lucky as ever with Audible to have some fantastic talent on board for the tale. In this case not one but two award-winning performers, both of whom have got Audies and lots more besides to their credit.

Jonathan Davis, right, is acclaimed narrator of over 5oo audiobooks, and an Audible Narrator Hall of Fame inductee. He’s got an amazing range of audio titles under his belt, including a whole line of Star Wars books.

Ramón de Ocampo is an Audie winner too, and a regular on TV with Notorious, Guidance, 12 Monkeys, The West Wing, Medium, Killer Instinct, Sons of Anarchy, and Major Crimes, as well as memorable GUEST STARRING roles, most recently on: HAWAII 5-0, NCIS: New OrleansCSI: Cyber, the PlayerCastle, Bones, CSI, NCIS, and Gang Related.

Jonathan takes the role of the harassed Tom, trying to unpick the secrets of the past against a fast-ticking clock, and some other characters too. Ramón is his mysterious nemesis, hiding out of sight but never out of mind.

It was a blast to write and I gather Jonathan and Ramón had quite a time recording in the Audible studios in Newark too. Hope you enjoy my latest excursion into the fast-growing world of audio…

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Costa Events

Nic Costa's return — see you in Rome, January 22

It’s almost twenty years since I first flew off to Rome to start work on what’s turned out to be the longest-running series of my career, the Nic Costa books.

Now they’re getting a new lease of life in some sparkling editions for the first two books, A Season for the Dead and The Villa of Mysteries from Black Thorn which appear in January.

And what better place to launch them than Rome itself? You’ll find me talking and signing there at the Anglo American Book Store, 6pm, Wednesday January 22. It’s a casual event — no booking needed. Just turn up at Via della Vite, 102, near the Spanish Steps.

It’s a real pleasure to be returning to Anglo American too. When I moved to Rome to research the first Costa book I lived not far away — and used the book store as my go-to place for all the reference works I so badly needed at the time. It’s wonderful such a great book shop is still around and continuing to serve the English language reader in Rome.

The talk will be in English by the way but everyone’s welcome. Hope I can see some of you in the Eternal City in January.

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Audio

Shooter in the Shadows, an Audible original

I’m delighted to be able to announce a new Audible original book-length project coming your way, released on December 12 worldwide.

This time round I’m switching between a remote island in Venice and upstate New York for a two-narrator thriller about a writer locked away in a crumbling mansion in the lagoon, suddenly finding he’s facing the most dangerous deadline of his life.

Welcome to Shooter in the Shadows, available for pre-order now. Here’s what to expect…

Tom Honeyman made his name cracking a horrific double murder in his hometown of Prosper, New York. He got an international best seller out of it, made a small fortune, and left his newspaper reporting days behind. 

But was it all based on a lie? 

Now, more than a decade after his one and only success, Honeyman’s life is in tatters. His wife committed suicide, his daughter hasn’t spoken to him in years, and his books don’t sell. He’s sequestered himself in his wreck of a retreat on an island in Venice, desperate to find the inspiration that will revive his career. 

But Tom Honeyman is not alone. 

An unseen stranger tells Honeyman he got it wrong all those years ago. And he has just four days to uncover the real murderer. 

Tom Honeyman is no longer writing for his livelihood. He’s writing for his life.

This is a fast-moving story that moves between the present in Venice and the past in New York as Honeyman tries to reconstruct a story that will keep him alive. It’s a taut, exciting listen, but one that’s about people too, about family, and about how difficult it can be to bury a lie, however much you want.

I’m lucky as ever with Audible to have some fantastic talent on board for the tale. In this case not one but two award-winning performers, both of whom have got Audies and lots more besides to their credit.

Jonathan Davis, right, is acclaimed narrator of over 5oo audiobooks, and an Audible Narrator Hall of Fame inductee. He’s got an amazing range of audio titles under his belt, including a whole line of Star Wars books.

Ramón de Ocampo is an Audie winner too, and a regular on TV with Notorious, Guidance, 12 Monkeys, The West Wing, Medium, Killer Instinct, Sons of Anarchy, and Major Crimes, as well as memorable GUEST STARRING roles, most recently on: HAWAII 5-0, NCIS: New OrleansCSI: Cyber, the PlayerCastle, Bones, CSI, NCIS, and Gang Related.

Jonathan takes the role of the harassed Tom, trying to unpick the secrets of the past against a fast-ticking clock, and some other characters too. Ramón is his mysterious nemesis, hiding out of sight but never out of mind.

It was a blast to write and I gather Jonathan and Ramón had quite a time recording in the Audible studios in Newark too. Roll on December…

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Events

Find me at Capital Crime, September 27th

It’s been ages since we had a crime writing event in London. So congratulations to all the hard-working folk who’ve finally fixed this ridiculous omission with the creation of Capital Crime which will run from September 26th to the 28th at the Connaught Rooms.

It’s a hell of a line up too. Just take a look at the website to see some of the name showing up from around the world. From my work with ITW I know how much graft and hard labour goes into events like this. So kudos all round for the doughty team that put all this together — hats off to you folks.

I’ll be there for a panel on Friday morning. It’s at ten thirty and on the subject of ‘Crime on a Global Scale’ with Vaseem Khan, Leye Adenle, Craig Russell, Abir Mukherjee and Shaun Harris.

Looking forward to it — and a round of applause to the people behind what I’m sure will become an annual fixture on London’s literary calendar.