A gripping debut novel and a brilliant addition to British crime fiction.
It begins for Tom Fletcher with what looks like a very bloody accident in a farm machinery showroom, and reaches back into the past - his own and that of the local police force - before slamming into the present with all the force of the most up-to-date criminal power in the world. Crackling with secrets and surprises, packed with haunting landscapes and haunted characters, freighted with the hot, thundery atmosphere of a Cambridge summer and the inevitable paying-out of past betrayals, CORN DOLLS marks the arrival of a major new crime talent.
Multi-layered and deeply satisfying...an engaging series character with a genuine emotional life - Shotsmag
A writer to watch in 2007 - Mark Billingham
A strong series debut...evocative...a sharp plot which canters towards an explosive finish - Tangled Web
A great read that mixes politics, historical pageantry, resentment and revenge in a seemingly quiet Cambridge village. Highly recommended - Sarah Broadhurst, writing in The Bookseller
If you like books set out in the back of beyond with more than an echo of The Wicker Man, you'll snap up CORN DOLLS in an instant. The setting is entirely believable - this strange village in the middle of one of the UK's bleakest regions...The book is a thoroughly gripping page-turner. Lennon marries the unusual Russian angle very slickly with the remote village and its odd traditions...If you're a fan of Jim Kelly's Fenland series, you shouldn't miss CORN DOLLS. It's a fabulous first novel for Lennon, and I hope he's planning to bring back the characters and to ink them in much more strongly, rather than to leave this as an unusual standalone book. - reviewingtheevidence.com
A new author and a new character . . . both have great promise . . . well worth following - Publishing News
Evocative - Publishing News
Patrick Lennon grew up in Cambridge and has lived in Thailand, Italy, France and Mexico. His first book CORN DOLLS was shortlisted for the 2008 Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Award and was a bestseller in Italy and Germany. He has now written three thrillers featuring Tom Fletcher.
Today Lennon splits his time between his young family, his writing and running his own business.
Visit Patrick Lennon's website at www.patrick-lennon.com