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White Riot

A Joe Donovan Thriller

by Martyn Waites

White Riot by Martyn Waites
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2009
    480 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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When the savagely beaten body of a Muslim student is discovered in a rundown area of Newcastle, blame falls on the far right National Unity Party—but for once they appear to be innocent. In fact, with elections looming, they are poised to make significant gains. Not the best time for Trevor Whitman, ex-70s radical, to return to his native northeast. Haunted by his violent past, he's receiving death threats over the murder of a policeman years ago.

Joe Donovan, the hero of Martyn Waites' acclaimed trilogy of thrillers, is called in to investigate. After the death of a supposed suicide bomber, the investigation takes a more dangerous turn as Donovan and his team find themselves the targets of a ruthless killer unlike any they have faced before. A killer who will do anything to ensure an explosive thirty-year-old secret remains buried. Anything—even orchestrating a brutal race war that will tear the city apart, with Donovan caught in the middle.

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Starred Review. "Waites masterfully pulls together a cohesive story about fanatical politics filled with surprises and suspense." - Publishers Weekly.

"Though the pitch may be too feverish for some, the climax will pay off for the engaged." - Kirkus Reviews.

"White Riot is written in the sort of bovver-boots-and-dustbin-lids staccato prose that doesn't so much leap off the page as threaten to smack the reader in the mouth. That said, the suspense is fuelled as much by pathos as by sound and fury, and it will reward those who linger to savour its subtleties." - The Guardian (UK).

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Martyn Waites is one of crime fiction's leading writers of neo-noir. This is his third Joe Donovan novel following The Mercy Seat and Bone Machine. He lives in London. An interview with the author at the British Independent newspaper.

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