The Next to DieElliot Sweeney’s new book:
“Hi, I’m Elliot, thanks for dropping by. I’m so excited to see The Next to Die, Book 1 in the Dylan Kasper series, coming out in February 2023 through Wildfire/Headline. This is a crime novel about redemption and fuses my love of pacey hardboiled fiction with a twenty-year career working in mental health. Think Lee Child meets Nathan Filer and you’re getting close. See ya.”
Elliot Sweeney’s new book: The Next to Die.
Five years since his daughter’s death. Now it’s happening again.
Dylan Kasper is stuck. Living in self-imposed reclusion from his former life in the police, he’s been in a downward spiral since his daughter’s death five years ago.
All that changes when the son of an esteemed professor jumps under an inner-city train. His former colleagues call it suicide, but Kasper knows different. This has all happened before – to him, and his dead daughter.
Taking on the investigation himself, Kasper soon realises the terrible trouble young Tommy had found himself in. With nowhere to run, he thought suicide was the only way to keep his family safe.
But before long, Kasper’s investigation makes him target number one. Can he keep his demons in check and stay alive long enough to bring those responsible to justice?
Quotes from fellow writers:
“I read The Next To Die in one delicious feast, turning page after page, absorbing twist after twist to the very end.
Elliot has a seemingly bottomless bag of characters you can’t help caring about – and a masterful way with the telling adjective.”
Wendy Joseph, author of Unlawful Killings
“An outstanding read. Gritty and compelling with a cast of richly-drawn characters, this is an exceptional book. A collection of menacing bad guys cause a whole heap of trouble for Kasper, the damaged hero, and that ending – wow! “
DS Butler, author of the D.S. Jack McKinnon series
“The Next To Die hooked me immediately with its formidable pace and fluid style. Kasper is a fascinatingly flawed but honourable character very much in the Chandler mould. A wonderfully assured debut, perfect for fans of dark and gritty thrillers.”
James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean series
“A superb, heart-thumping thriller that sucks you in with its breathless action, The Next To Die is, without doubt, my favourite read of the year.”
Carol Wyer, author of the D.I. Kate Young books
“An addictive and emotional roller-coaster of a read. Fast-paced yet beautifully written, with quirky characters that draw you in, this is an outstanding first novel.”
Lisa Ballantyne, Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller
‘The Next to Die is a remarkably assured debut. It oozes the sour tang of authenticity, mingling psychiatry and crime with the mean streets of London. Kasper has the hallmark of the classic crime fiction protagonist, brutal but with underlying compassion.’
Andrew Taylor, bestselling author of The American Boy
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