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The second in the Riley Gavin & Frank Palmer crime series set in London.

Tough investigative reporter Riley Gavin has always been haunted by the baffling disappearance of young Katie Pyle. It was her first assignment – and her greatest failure. So when Katie turns up murdered a decade later, Riley knows she must find out what happened to her. What made this young girl disappear in the first place – and why has she now been killed?

But when her probing uncovers more dead runaways, Riley realises that there are all manner of dangers lurking in the dark city streets, quite apart from drugs and deprivation.

What, for example, is the Church of Flowing Light? And why does it employ sinister characters like Quine? When she suddenly attracts the attentions of two silent watchers, and former journalist colleague goes missing in bloody circumstances, she knows it is time to dig deeper.

With former military cop Frank Palmer, Riley follows the trail into the lethal subways of London’s street life, in an effort to find the truth.

NO HELP FOR THE DYING is available from Amazon and Amazon UK.


Praise for the Gavin & Palmer series:

“…a real page turner… a slick, accomplished writer…”
Reviewing The Evidence

“Gritty and fast-paced detecting of the traditional kind, with a welcome injection of realism.”
Maxim Jakubowski – The Guardian


Adrian Magson is the author of 13 crime/thriller novels and hundreds of short stories and magazine articles. His latest novels are ‘Retribution’ (Severn House – September), 4th in the Harry Tate spy series, and ‘Death on the Pont Noir’ (Allison & Busby out now), 3rd in the Inspector Lucas Rocco series. A regular reviewer for Shots Magazine, he writes the ‘Beginners’ and ‘New Author’ pages for Writing Magazine, and is the author of ‘Write On! – The Writer’s Help Book’ (Accent Press).
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