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Last Witness

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781398709249

Price: £18.99

ON SALE: 25th April 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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‘Every interview crackles with tension… LAST WITNESS serves up a final double whammy that few readers will see coming’ THE TIMES

‘Exactly what great crime fiction should be: smart, twisty, shocking and compassionate’ SARAH HILARY

When 18-year-old Ben Renshaw is found dead in city woodland, DCI Robin Lyons is plunged into one of Birmingham’s most controversial cases.

Months earlier, Ben and his best friend gave testimony that sent a former classmate, Alistair Heywood, to prison for a vicious sexual assault. Before the trial, the boys and their families endured months of brutal witness intimidation, for which the Heywoods, a privileged and influential local family, faced no legal repercussions. Instead, they vowed revenge.

Is Ben’s murder the fulfilment of that vow, the beginning of a bloody new chapter that will go on claim lives on all sides? Or is the truth – as the Heywoods claim – something entirely different?

To solve the case, Robin has to negotiate the city’s networks of power while walking a dangerous line: her own daughter, Lennie, has a secret that could threaten her liberty – and, if it comes out, Robin’s, too. Before long, Robin comes to question whether she knows what justice is at all.


I've just finished Lucie Whitehouse's Last Witness, which is exactly what great crime fiction should be: smart, twisty, shocking and compassionate
A haunting, intricate tale, shot through with authenticity and humanity. A story that lingers.
An engrossing read with characters with real heart, this is a sophisticated crime thriller that also offers a careful rendering of manipulation in the criminal justice system. Highly recommended.
Lisa Ballantyne
Gritty and uncompromising, yet brimming with compassion and heart, the tension never lets up in this twisting tale of fear, revenge, and the brutal cost of speaking out against injustice. An absolute masterclass in plotting, but it's the characters who truly elevate this series.
Caroline Frear