Intense and powerful, this is the brilliant second novel from the acclaimed author of CORN DOLLS.
Tom Fletcher has left the police force, and its cold outside.
Working as a private investigator in Cambridge, Tom is dragged back into his own troubled family history by an enigmatic message from his missing father. Somehow, he seems to be connected to the disappearance and murder of a young physics student, who was working in a hostess bar.
As a massive storm tracks across Europe and begins to batter the low-lying fen country, so Toms inquiries begin to spiral into ever deeper and darker conspiracies. How is a high-tech American company involved in an officially-suppressed story from the Second World War? Where is the long-disused USAF base that seems to be the key to a centuries-old mystery, and who were the haunting, haunted sisters who played such a part in a drama that is still reaching out to claim Tom Fletcher?
Richly imaginative could just possibly turn Tom Fletcher into another Morse - The Times
A terrific climax...A breadth to the story that is captivating, as well as some finely drawn characters and lovely language, but the star must be the fantastic landscape - Tangled Web
'Intelligent and well-written examination of prejudice and paranoia, misogyny, jealousy and fear' - Times Literary Supplement
The reader ends up in a rather emotional state...becoming increasingly agitated as the book enticingly drip-feeds small, tasty morsels of the second tale before suddenly switching back to its main focus. The ending is also excellent and has the added bonus of a delightfully unexpected twist. STEEL WITCHES is an extremely enjoyable book. - eurocrime.co.uk
The undoubted strengths of this book are Lennon's storytelling and his ability to ramp up the atmosphere...a truly tense ending...If you're a fan of Jim Kelly, you should give Lennon's books a try...an unusual and exciting slant - Reviewingtheevidence.com
A writer to watch - Mark Billingham
Multi-layered and deeply satisfying . . . an engaging series character with a genuine emotional life - Shotsmag on CORN DOLLS
A great read that mixes politics, historical pageantry, resentment and revenge in a seemingly quiet Cambridge village. Highly recommended - Sarah Broadhurst on CORN
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