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How far do you go for a friendship?

That’s the question Daniel Wade is forced to ask when a simple favor has fatal consequences. For the sake of his old schoolmate, Robbie – and more importantly for Robbie’s sister, Cate – Dan agrees to go along with a lie. But soon he’s sucked into a conspiracy that threatens to consume them all.

How hard do you fight for a fortune?

For Gordon and Patricia Blake, the dead man held the key to a glorious future. Now that future has been ripped from their grasp, and the Blakes want to know why. Then they want revenge.

How can you hope to survive?

With a ruthless predator on their trail, Dan realizes that evading justice is the least of their worries. All that matters now is staying alive.

THE CATCH is available from Amazon.


“Tom Bale is one of the best British thriller writers around.” SIMON KERNICK

“Tom Bale’s awareness of the old creative writing mantra ‘character is destiny’ pays off addictively in The Catch…solid, purposeful and well written.” THE GUARDIAN

“Races along to a gripping finish.” SUNDAY MIRROR

“The Catch is a marvelously pitched tale of dishonour, greed and self-preservation triumphing over duty and obligation.” GRAHAM SMITH, CRIMESQUAD

“A clever tale of unintended consequences… this is also a good crime set-piece novel.” ADRIAN MAGSON, SHOTS

“This is a powerful and compelling thriller with intriguing human relationships at its heart.” LINDA WILSON, REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE


Tom Bale has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips, his first novel SINS OF THE FATHER was published under his real name, David Harrison. With his next book, SKIN AND BONES, he acquired an agent, a pseudonym and a book deal with Random House, and he now writes full-time. He lives in Brighton with his family. Visit his website at, follow him on Facebook, or on Twitter: @t0mbale (zero instead of “o”).

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