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W&N Crime & Mystery Hb / ETPb April £12.99 320pp 978 1 474 60178 8 / 978 1 474 60179 5 ebook: £12.99 / 978 1 474 60181 8 Audio: £16.99 / 978 1 409 16625 2 / 6 hours

‘bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I’ll read a more brilliant crime novel this year’ – Sunday Times on After the Crash


From the bestselling author of After the Crash and Black Water Lilies: a man’s wife goes missing. he didn’t kill her, so why is he behaving as though he did?

In an idyllic resort on the island of La Réunion, Liane bellion and her husband Martial are enjoying the perfect moment with their six-yearold daughter. Turquoise skies, blue sea, palm trees, a warm breeze.

Then Liane disappears. She went up to her hotel room between 3 and 4pm and never came back. Her husband, worried, had gone to the room along with the concierge – the room was empty but there was blood everywhere. Despite his protestations of innocence, the police view Martial as their prime suspect. He was the only other person who went to the hotel room between 3 and 4pm according to the hotel staff.

Then he disappears along with his daughter. With Martial as prime suspect, helicopters scan the island, racial tensions surface, and more corpses are found. Is he really his wife’s killer? And if he isn’t, why does he appear to be so guilty?

• After the Crash was a huge bestseller. we have sold over 140k copies across all editions.

Black Water Lilies has just been released and the buzz is terrific: ‘Ends with one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction’ Sunday Times on Black Water Lilies

Michel Bussi is the author of eight bestselling thrillers. In 2013 alone, his books sold half a million copies in his native France. He has won fifteen literary awards, making him one of France’s most prestigious crime authors.


Location: Rouen, France Available for interview

W&N Fiction • April 2017