Without even his own memory for an alibi, will DI Ruiz ever prove his innocence? THE DROWNING MAN is the fantastic new thriller from the author of THE SUSPECT.
A lost child. A shattered past. A life going under.
Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through the hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma, and when he does, his nightmare is only just beginning. Because Vincent has no recollection of what happened, and nobody believes him.
A mile away from his body, a boat was found covered in blood -- Vincent's and that of three others. Forensics say at least one of them must be dead. Vincent, a police detective, had signed his service pistol out of the station armoury, despite being on leave. Many murder suspects fake amnesia, and the investigating team are not sure this case is any different . . . The only clue is a picture in his pocket, a photograph of a young girl, Mickey Carlyle, who disappeared three years ago. And though Mickey is presumed dead, Vincent has the nagging doubt that she is alive and in terrible danger . . .
We enter the paranoid world of Detective Ruiz: found floating in the Thames, bullet-ridden, unable to recall events . . . The trick, in this gritty London-based thriller, is to fathom how Ruiz became embroiled in such shady dealings although, rest assured, you'll be kept guessing until the end - WATERSTONE S BOOKS QUARTERLY
Adeptly read by Stephen Tompkinson . . . His active voice powers the breakneck pace at which the thriller twists and turns. This audiobook is a consummate blending of character and plot - GLASGOW HERALD
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was a former feature writer and investigative reporter working in Britain, Australia and America, and with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.
His debut thriller, The Suspect, now a major TV series starring Aidan Turner, introduced clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and sold more than a million copies around the world. Michael's standalone thriller The Secrets She Keeps was adapted for TV by Network 10 and the BBC.
Michael is the only Australian to twice win the UK's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel, for Life or Death and Good Girl, Bad Girl as well as the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for When She Was Good. Lying Beside You, the third book in his bestselling Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac series, was a global bestseller and was shortlisted for the Australian Crime Writers Association's Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction 2023.
Michael lives in Sydney.