Blood Read (Publish And Be Dead)

By Simon J. Townley

Thriller, Crime & mystery, General fiction, Literary fiction, Comedy & satire | Paperback, eBook


When investigative journalist Tom Capgras finds his literary agent hanging from an oak beam in her West End office, an immaculately tied noose around her neck, his dreams of a non-fiction book deal appear dead in the water. Joanne Leatherby’s death looks like suicide but Capgras suspects murder. Nonsense, say police, who dismiss him as a conspiracy crackpot. Capgras uncovers links to a string of untimely deaths - editors, publishers, reviewers, even book bloggers, killed for an unkind word. All the evidence points to one man - a mid-list author of detective tales with a career on the skids. Cast adrift by agents and publishers alike, his dreams thwarted, Arthur Middleton has gone to the dark side and embraced self-publishing. He may be crazed with ambition, but how mad would a man have to be to kill for publicity, for book sales? Mad enough to admit everything on the pages of his latest blockbuster? As the body count mounts, and the police refuse to take him seriously, Capgras must act alone, defy his critics and get to the truth fast – before the killer gets to him.


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When investigative journalist Tom Capgras finds his literary agent hanging from an oak beam in her West End office, an immaculately tied noose around her neck, his dreams of a non-fiction book deal appear dead in the water. Joanne Leatherby’s death looks like suicide but Capgras suspects murder. Nonsense, say police, who dismiss him as a conspiracy crackpot. Capgras uncovers links to a string of untimely deaths - editors, publishers, reviewers, even book bloggers, killed for an unkind word. All the evidence points to one man - a mid-list author of detective tales with a career on the skids. Cast adrift by agents and publishers alike, his dreams thwarted, Arthur Middleton has gone to the dark side and embraced self-publishing. He may be crazed with ambition, but how mad would a man have to ...


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Simon Townley is a British fiction writer, copywriter and journalist. He is the author of the acclaimed sci-fi / speculative novels ‘Lost In Thought’ and ‘Ball Machine’ and the crime thriller ‘Blood Read’ - the first in the ‘Capgras Conspiracy’ series. He has also written a range of cross-genre novels for both adults and young adults, including prehistoric fiction series ‘A Tribal Song – Tales of the Koriba’; post-apocalypse adventure 'In The Wreckage'; dystopian sci-fi thriller 'Outlivers'; and the bio-punk tale of a talking terrier 'Doguar and the Baboons of War.' Simon lives in Devon, England, with a woman, three cats and his beloved Airedale terriers. You can find out more at simontownley.com.


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Simon Townley is a British fiction writer, copywriter and journalist. He is the author of the acclaimed sci-fi / speculative novels ‘Lost In Thought’ and ‘Ball Machine’ and the crime thriller ‘Blood Read’ - the first in the ‘Capgras Conspiracy’ series. He has also written a range of cross-genre novels for both adults and young adults, including prehistoric fiction series ‘A Tribal Song – Tales of ...


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