Carnal Acts

Carnal Acts

DI Joni Pax, a London homicide detective, wounded in a disastrous raid, has been transferred to the newly formed Police Force of North East England. Her boss, DCI Hector “Heck” Rutherford, is recently back at work after cancer treatment. Between them they are responsible for major crime in rural Northumberland and County Durham. Joni, the daughter of a black American and a white hippy, is a loner struggling to regain her self-confidence. Heck is happily married, but illness has left him fearful.

Based in Corham, a town with Roman, medieval and industrial heritage, Pax and Rutherford investigate a murder at a brothel run by the Albanian mafia. In a series of breathtaking plot twists, we are drawn into the corruption that underpins the beautiful northern English countryside – as well as hinting at a mysterious world beyond the horizon. Carnal Acts explores abuse of many kinds – sexual, psychological and economic – taking the police procedural to places it has never been before. Dark, unremitting and terrifyingly relevant, Carnal Acts is a book you may hesitate to pick up and put down.

'A crime novel with a difference here … light and dark, brutal yet darkly funny' Shots

'This is a beautifully written dark crime novel, that was a joy to read' NorthernCrime

'It is a rare book that can explore so many dark themes in such an accessible and compelling style' neverimitate

'If you're looking for a crime fiction that you can really get your teeth into then Carnal Acts is a must. It is by far the best crime fiction I've read this year' gobookyourself

 

Price £: 
11.99
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Published: 
15 Jun 2014
ISBN: 
9781909807549
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Carnal Acts

DI Joni Pax, a London homicide detective, wounded in a disastrous raid, has been transferred to the newly formed Police Force of North East England. Her boss, DCI Hector “Heck” Rutherford, is recently back at work after cancer treatment. Between them they are responsible for major crime in rural Northumberland and County Durham. Joni, the daughter of a black American and a white hippy, is a loner struggling to regain her self-confidence. Heck is happily married, but illness has left him fearful.

Based in Corham, a town with Roman, medieval and industrial heritage, Pax and Rutherford investigate a murder at a brothel run by the Albanian mafia. In a series of breathtaking plot twists, we are drawn into the corruption that underpins the beautiful northern English countryside – as well as hinting at a mysterious world beyond the horizon. Carnal Acts explores abuse of many kinds – sexual, psychological and economic – taking the police procedural to places it has never been before. Dark, unremitting and terrifyingly relevant, Carnal Acts is a book you may hesitate to pick up and put down.

'A crime novel with a difference here … light and dark, brutal yet darkly funny' Shots

'This is a beautifully written dark crime novel, that was a joy to read' NorthernCrime

'It is a rare book that can explore so many dark themes in such an accessible and compelling style' neverimitate

'If you're looking for a crime fiction that you can really get your teeth into then Carnal Acts is a must. It is by far the best crime fiction I've read this year' gobookyourself

 

Price £: 
9.99
eBook
Published: 
15 Jun 2014
ISBN: 
9781909807723
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About the author

  • Sam Alexander (Paul Johnston)

    Paul Johnston was born in Edinburgh and educated there, at Oxford and at St Andrews; he was recently awarded a PhD in Creative Writing (crime fiction). He spends much of his time in Nafplio, Greece, with his Greek wife and Scottish-Greek children. After working in shipping and journalism, he moved to a small Greek island and spent seven years teaching English and writing unpublished and unpublishable literary novels, before finding his niche in crime fiction.

    Paul’s first novel, Body Politic, set in 2020s independent Edinburgh and featuring the maverick investigator Quint Dalrymple, was a critical and popular success, and won the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger for Best First Crime Novel of 1997. It was followed by four sequels: The Bone Yard, Water of Death, The Blood Tree and The House of Dust.

    He then started a long-running series starring the half-Scots half-Greek, Athens-based missing persons specialist Alex Mavros. The second, The Last Red Death – highly praised by authors such as George Pelecanos, Jeffery Deaver, Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson - won the 2004 Sherlock Award for Best Detective Novel. The sixth, 2013’s The Black Life, was seen by some critics as Paul’s best book yet – it deals with the Holocaust of the Jews of Thessaloniki and includes scenes in Auschwitz. The White Sea, June 2014, is the latest in the series.

    Paul has also written a series with a crime novelist as protagonist and would-be detective. Matt Wells features in The Death List, The Soul Collector, Maps of Hell and The Nameless Dead (2007-11). The last two are set in the US. The Death List was shortlisted for the Barry Award.

    Oh, and Paul’s a two-time winner of the Criminal Mastermind quiz at CrimeFest, Bristol. He’s now banned for life, which is a relief for all concerned. Nobody loves a smartarse.

    Recently Twitter has been awash with ideas about the identity of Sam Alexander, pseudonymous author of the police-procedural-with-a-difference Carnal Acts, set in north-east England. Paul’s wife is called Sotiria, his daughter Maggie, and his son Alexander – their initials form SAM. Alexander got the surname too (next time, Maggie. Erm…). Some of the suggestions were highly flattering: Kate Atkinson, Ian Rankin, Helen Fielding, Irvine Welsh, Val McDermid, William Boyd, J K Rowling, Agatha Christie (she lives!) and Arthur Conan Doyle (spiritualists never die). Some were deeply horrendous, in particular Jeffrey Archer. But everybody forgot Paul. He’s really very upset… 

    Titles by Sam Alexander (Paul Johnston)