Borrowed Time
by David Mark

Adam Nunn’s search for his true identity has horrifying consequences in this compelling psychological thriller.

A badly mutilated body has been discovered in a remote woodland pond on the Essex borders – a location known to be the haunt of the ruthless crime gang that ruled London in the 70s. When one of the victim’s hands is found nearby, forensic tests reveal a number scrawled on the palm. It is quickly identified as the National Insurance number of struggling family man Adam Nunn.

As Adam is arrested in connection with the murder, it emerges that the dead man was a private investigator he had hired to find out the identity of his birth parents. Just what did Larry Paris discover that got him killed?

As Adam seeks the truth surrounding his origins and promises justice for the mother he never knew, he is drawn into a lurid criminal world of violence and violation, reprisal and merciless death. Torn between the man he wants to be and the man he fears becoming, Adam’s investigations will lead him ever deeper into darkness.


A wild, brutal, fascinating tale of death, betrayal, and love

Kirkus Reviews

Gripping from start to finish


A vivid and often witty gothic thriller ... The blood-drenched finale and disturbingly creepy epilogue will long remain in the mind ... Those with a taste for the macabre will be well satisfied

Publishers Weekly on A Rush of Blood

Complex and frightening ... Mark is writing at the top of his game

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Mausoleum

A plot filled with strange and unexpected twists, vivid characters, and a constant feeling of foreboding make this a gripping and unusual read

Booklist on The Mausoleum

A stand-alone psychological thriller, character-driven but with plenty of bizarre twists, that's sure to please fans of Catriona McPherson

Kirkus Reviews on The Mausoleum

Gory, startling and a complete one-off

The Sunday Times on Cold Bones

Mark proves once again that he can handle the darkest of plots, always with a jolt of black humor, putting him on the level of ... Denise Mina, Val McDermid and Peter Robinson

Library Journal on Cruel Mercy

David Mark

David Mark spent seven years as crime reporter for the Yorkshire Post and now writes full-time. The first novel in his DS McAvoy series, Dark Winter, was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel (where he was Reader in Residence) and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. Dead Pretty was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2016. He lives in Northumberland with his family.

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Borrowed Time by David Mark is available in the following formats

Hardback - Large Print978178029186424th June 2021143 X 222mm416£23.99
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