I first discovered Nick Quantrill with his story in the Mammoth Book of British Crime 8 – wedged in with the likes of Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Kate Atkinson and many others – and his story was an absolute standout for me.
Then I did some looking and found he had a novel – a living, breathing full-length novel that I knew I had to have. Tough and gritty (as I like my police procedurals to be) but also fast-paced with multi-layered plots to keep the reader wanting more.
Joe Geraghty, Private Investigator, is used to struggling from one case to the
next, barely making the rent on his small office in the Old Town of Hull. Invited by a local businessman to investigate a member of his staff’s
absenteeism, it’s the kind of surveillance work that Geraghty and his small team have performed countless times. When Jennifer Murdoch is found bleeding to death in her bed, Geraghty quickly finds himself trapped in the middle of a police investigation which stretches back to the days when the city had a thriving fishing industry.
As the woman’s tangled private life begins to unravel, the trail leads Geraghty to local gangster-turned-respectable businessman, Frank Salford, a man with a significant stake in the city’s regeneration plans. Still haunted by the death of his wife in a house fire, it seems the people with the answers Geraghty wants are the police and Salford, both of whom want his co-operation for their own ends. With everything at stake, some would go to any length to get what they want, Geraghty included. (From the publisher, Caffeine Nights)
Nick Quantrill was born and works in Hull, an isolated industrial port in East Yorkshire. His debut novel, “Broken Dreams”, which looks at the decay of the city’s fishing industry, was published in 2010 by Caffeine Nights. “The Late Greats” follows autumn 2011. His short stories have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 and 2012 “Mammoth Book of Best British Crime” anthologies.