So! I have a new book coming out next week. The official publication date is Thursday 24 September, but publication dates are moveable feasts: there were copies available at Bloody Scotland last weekend, and I’m sure there will be some lurking in bookshops before too long. If not, it will at least be available as an ebook from next Thursday.
Here is what it is about:
The hardest crimes to acknowledge are your own…
Charlie Matheson died two years ago in a car accident. So how is a woman bearing a startling resemblance to her claiming to be back from the dead? Detective Mark Nelson is called in to investigate and hear her terrifying account of what she’s been through in the afterlife.
Every year Detective David Groves receives a birthday card for his son…even though he buried him years ago. His son’s murder took everything from him, apart from his belief in the law, even though the killers were never found. This year, though, the card bears a different message: I know who did it.
Uncovering the facts will lead them all on a dark journey, where they must face their own wrongs as well as those done to those they love. It will take them to a place where justice is a game, and punishments are severe. Nelson and Groves know the answers lie with the kind of people you want to turn and run from. But if they’re to get to the truth, first they’ll have to go through hell…
Now, I never usually worry too much about publication dates. For one thing, I’ve been in the game long enough by now that I know what to expect: ultimately, a day like any other. You may or may not spot copies in your local bookshop on the day, but even if you do, it’s just one novel sitting amidst many other hopefuls. It’s lovely to see it out in the wild, of course. But books live or die on longer timescales, and none of my books have ever emerged into the world doing elaborate commercial gymnastics on day one.
That said, I’d obviously like it to do well. For two reasons. The first is that this book has been a long time coming: over three years since I started writing it, in its first failed form. The second is that I like it. That might sound like a strange thing for a writer to say about his or her own work, but for me, it’s certainly not always the case. I’m proud of my back catalogue, but it usually takes a couple of years for me to appreciate the books for what they are without just seeing the disparity between my expectations when I started them and the reality of how they actually turned out. That isn’t the case with I Know Who Did It. I like it – quietly – already.
And I’m pleased to say that others seem to as well. It’s very, very early days, but the book is currently standing at five reviews, all five stars on Goodreads. That will change, of course. But in the meantime, here is a handful of samples from early reviews. I genuinely appreciate each and every one of them. Very much indeed.
“Strange and powerful, this is Mosby’s best.”
(Marcel Berlins, The Times)
“Mosby has become renowned for thrillers that reach into dark places where most British crime writers are afraid to go, while the low-key lyricism of his style makes his books moving as well as terrifying.”
(Jake Kerridge, Express)
“Meaty issues, violence, and a well realised blend of police procedural and psychological thriller. Highly recommended, and quite deservedly my book of the month.”
(Raven Crime Reads)
“Those who know their crime fiction have long been aware that Steve Mosby is one of the most idiosyncratic and ambitious of current UK practitioners, and this new book is well up to his customarily impressive standard.”
(Barry Forshaw, Crime Time)
“If you don’t mind a touch of wild gothic in your police procedurals, you’ll find this one highly entertaining. And, as ever with Mosby, it’s stylishly written.”
(Mat Coward, Morning Star)
“It is without doubt one of the top crime novels of the year for me so far. Possibly even one of the top novels in any genre … And if that’s not enough to get you reading, there is also a completely jaw dropping moment that had me throwing the kindle aside and letting out a yell … I Know Who Did It is an emotionally resonant, multi-layered crime drama with some characters so full of depth and reality that they pop off the page and one that will stay with me for a long long time.”
(Liz Loves Books)
“And now for something completely different …. and that’s exactly what you get with Steve Mosby’s sequel to The 50/50 Killer … it’s a totally unique read, there’s a moment where everything you thought you were reading suddenly gets turned on its head, I’ve read it twice now and it was just as good the second time with hindsight.? If you like something that’s just that little bit different from your average crime novel this is the book for you. I’m off to read it again.”
“I have used the words ‘strange’ and ‘slipstream’ when reviewing his work. I now think that I need to add another word to my vocabulary: I Know Who Did It is his cleverest to date.”
“A gripping seventh novel from the talented Mosby whose reputation has been growing steadily … Neat storytelling, coupled with Mosby’s sure touch for characters that demand our sympathy, help make this one of those crime novels that linger in the mind long after the final page.”
(Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail)
“Mosby’s writing speaks to the human condition with sophistication, subtlety and insight … I highly recommend I Know Who Did It. It crackles with menace, there’s plenty at stake, and the plot is unlike any other I have read. I seriously challenge you to guess its resolution! I think Mosby is one of the best male crime writers around.”
“I can’t believe how great this novel is … this really stands out amongst the crowd as an excellent, fast-paced novel that keeps you guessing until the end … It is more complex, more exciting and more clever than many crime novels I’ve read … Though its storyline is, at times, quite dark and disturbing, it’s certainly an enjoyable and intriguing read that I’ll be strongly recommending to any crime lovers.”