The Sound of Her Voice
By Nathan Blackwell
An authentic and brilliantly compelling crime thriller set in Auckland by an elite former New Zealand detective - shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh best crime novel of the year award.
Some murder cases you can't forget.
No matter how hard you try.
For Auckland Detective Matt Buchanan it's Samantha Coates: the innocent girl who disappeared on her way home from school twelve years ago.
All the police found were her clothes discarded on a pristine stretch of New Zealand coastline, and the investigation quickly went cold.
But when the body of another young woman turns up on the same beach many years later, it's all Buchanan needs to reopen both the case and his biggest obsession.
As he pieces the terrible crimes together it becomes clear that Samantha Coates is the only mistake the killers made. And Buchanan must follow the sound of her voice to make them pay for it.
The Sound of her Voice is an authentic, gritty, character-led police procedural by an elite former detective - for fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart Macbride, and Joseph Knox.
Nathan Blackwell was raised on Auckland's North Shore and attended Westlake Boys' High School before commencing a ten-year career in the New Zealand Police. Seven of those years were spent as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch, where he was exposed to human nature at its strongest and bravest, but also at its most depraved and horrific. He investigated a wide range of cases including drug manufacture, child abuse, corruption, serious violence, rape and murder. Because some of his work was conducted covertly, Nathan chooses to hide his true identity.
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18 Apr 2019
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Harrowing, compelling and quite brilliant — NEW ZEALAND HERALD