The Nightmare Thief will be published in the UK on June 9th. That’s just over two weeks away. For folks in Britain, it’s fifteen days until Jo Beckett and Evan Delaney go up against a gang of kidnappers who are out for more than ransom.
To pique your interest — which is a cagy way of saying I want to drive you so mad with curiosity that you’ll not only order the book right now, you’ll spend the night before it’s released standing outside your local bookstore beating on the windows like hungry zombies — the first chapter of the novel has now been posted at my website.
Here’s how it opens:
The young trader stumbled from the trees like a scarecrow running on legs of straw. Her suit was muddy, her blouse torn, her sleek Asian hair matted with pine needles. She ran into the street directly in front of Autumn Reiniger’s BMW.
Autumn braked. “Oh, man.”
The trader glanced at her but didn’t break stride. With one arm she clutched a battered lockbox. The other arm she cradled to her chest, protecting what looked to Autumn like a broken wrist.
This was the place. Fun city.
Read the rest. Go on.
UPDATE. Comment of the week, from DJ Paterson: “Mmmm… Demimonde.”