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…


Out today… Last Seen Wearing, an audio drama

Here’s my first new work of 2019… Last Seen Wearing, a novel-length audio drama exclusive commissioned by Audible with a fantastic cast and specially-written music.

You should find it going live in Audible English language sites around the world today.

In production for more than eighteen months with an American cast, this is a New York-based thriller about a young and disgraced NYPD police officer who’s trying to trace her vanished brother… while working as a private investigator specialising in missing person cases.

It’s the biggest and most exciting audio production I’ve been privileged to work on. Hope you like the results.

You can read more here.

And find the story on Audible US and Audible UK. You can listen for free with a 30-day trial of Audible too.

Many thanks to the talented actors, musicians and studio staff who contributed so much to this project.


Last Seen Wearing… an audio drama

Out worldwide exclusively on Audible on January 10 and now available for pre-order is my latest audio adventure, Last Seen Wearingthe most adventurous drama project I’ve ever written. 

It’s been in development for eighteen months and is, quite simply a massive undertaking, big cast, big story, specially-written music and sound effects… a blockbuster. Very much what I tried to achieve with my earlier audio projects — a movie for your ears — but this time on a far bigger scale.

This isn’t an audiobook. Its ambition is to be a binge-listen thriller in the mould of those great TV series that have come to grab our attention over recent years. Eight episodes over nine hours, performed by a fantastic American cast, directed by the legendary Garrick Hagon and including one of one of audio’s great performers, Lorelei King, in a key role.

The story takes place over a few days in New York. Dinah Collins, played with great conviction by Laurence Bouvard, is a young woman trying to make a living as a private investigator after being forced out of the NYPD. She got caught trying to hack background information on her missing brother, Danny, a fellow cop who vanished after being accused of corruption, a charge Dinah refuses to accept.

Her way of dealing with Danny’s loss is to take on missing person cases — with mixed results. Then along come Tom and Caroline Fisher, a mysterious couple from California. Tom’s daughter, a music student in the city, has vanished during the Halloween parade in the village. He hires Dinah to find her though the police doubt she’s really missing at all. And as Dinah delves more deeply into the Fishers and their past she begins to realise her missing brother may well be a part of their story too.

It’s a fast-moving, episodic tale, told exclusively from Dinah’s point of view, an acting feat Laurence handles wonderfully. So this isn’t standard audio drama where listeners have to work out where they are and who’s talking. Nor do you have a disembodied anonymous narrator accompanying you along for the ride.

From beginning to end, through all the twists and turns, we’re in the head of Dinah Collins, a bright, brave, confused young woman who maybe brings a different dimension to the role of unreliable narrator.

It’s been a blast and a privilege to work with such a talented crew of actors and production professionals. Too many to mention them all here but the music by Jordan Killiard is exceptional as is the sound production by Steve Foxon.

I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Audible team bringing this groundbreaking project to you. Or more terrified…

Audio Romeo and Juliet

One day only… Romeo and Juliet: A Novel for $3.95

Back in May Richard Armitage and I won the Audie for best original work for our take on Shakespeare’s famous love story. It’s normally $24.95 on Audible US. But today it’s deal of the day which means you can get our award-winning audio version for just $3.95.

You can find it here. You don’t have to be an Audible member to take advantage of this offer. But it is within the Audible US store only… and the offer ends at midnight.