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…


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.


Some thoughts on ‘write what you know’ — a podcast

Last week I ran an interview with my Venetian writing mates, Gregory Dowling and Philip Gwynne Jones, which you’ll find below. One point raised by Gregory in that chat near San Basilio kept nagging at me: that old and thorny subject of writing about what you know.

Gregory rightly pointed out that, as an academic, it was second nature to him to try to find out everything he could about a subject before sitting down to write about it. My background in journalism — with deadlines always looking — made my approach very different.

Neither’s right or wrong of course. There’s no such thing when it comes to working on a piece of fiction, just what works for you.

But here are a few thoughts on the subject from my point of view. Feel free to jump into the discussion in the comments below if you like. This is also a test of my new podcasting system ahead of a bigger project to come — I hope the audio quality is starting to improve.


Talking Venice, writing and books, with two authors who live there

Gregory, Philip and yours truly outside the Terminal bar earlier this week.
Gregory Dowling and Philip Gwynne Jones in conversation.

I’ve written a good few books set in Italy but always from a slight distance. While I spend a lot of time there I’ve never made the move. So I thought it would be interesting to talk to a couple of Brits who have made their home there — and written about it. If you’re a follower of novels set in Venice you’ll know the names. Gregory Dowling is the author of the Alvise Marangon mysteries set in the 18th century, while Philip Gwynne Jones writes the contemporary Nathan Sutherland series.

We met up for a chat at the lovely little Terminal bar near the San Basilio stop earlier this week. I plonked my little audio recorder on the table and we chatted for half an hour about books and writing the city the two of them now call home. They’re a fascinating pair and half an hour scarcely does them justice. I think you’ll find a few surprises in the stories they have to tell — and a couple of local tips that will help you see more of the real Venice than most visitors, focussed on San Marco and the Rialto, ever find.

Now I’m not a professional interviewer or sound recordist (I will protest it’s my first day on the job until the cows come home). While I’ve done my best to reduce some of the background noise — water taxis, people chatting as they wander past, the inevitable suitcase wheels and at one point a woman berating her husband over the phone — this is still a live recording outside on a hot August day by the lagoon.

I hope you enjoy it as much as you’ll enjoy Gregory and Philip’s books.

PS. In case I haven’t made this sufficiently clear in the audio above… I am in no way envious.


Not one little bit.