by David Mark

A dark past. A terrifying secret. A deadly game is about to begin . . .

Washed-up author Rufus Orton needs money. It’s the main reason he takes the gig teaching creative writing to inmates at HMP Holderness. That, and the flattery of prison officer Annabeth Harris, who contacted him out of the blue and begged him to take the job.

Annabeth loves Rufus’ work. Genuinely. She loves being a prison officer too. But Annabeth is keeping a secret. Fifteen years ago she did something bad, and if it ever comes out, her new, perfect life will be destroyed.

HMP resident Griffin Cox has no black marks against his name. He claims he’s been wrongly convicted of the sex offence that put him in prison. He’s lying. He has a plan – and everything hinges on him securing a place in the classroom with Rufus and Annabeth. It’s only then that the game can begin . . .

Dark, twisted and gripping, CAGES is an addictive psychological thriller from a “master” of the genre (Kirkus Reviews). If you enjoy disturbing, charismatic criminals like Hannibal Lector and Patrick Bateman, you’ll love Griffin Cox.


A creepy psychological thriller from a specialist in bone-chilling suspense ... with a shocking climax few readers will see coming

Kirkus Reviews

Well-defined characters

Publishers Weekly

A chilling entry from a master of the dark psychological thriller

Kirkus Reviews on Suspicious Minds

Gripping from start to finish

Booklist on Borrowed Time

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

Kirkus Reviews on Borrowed Time

Vivid and often witty ... Will long remain in the mind of the reader

Publishers Weekly on A Rush of Blood

Haunting ... [A] twisty, chilling tale

Kirkus Reviews on A Rush of Blood

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

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Mausoleum

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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Cages by David Mark is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278909171st June 2021145 X 225mm256$38.99
Hardback978072789091731st March 2021145 X 225mm256£20.99
Ebook97814483051861st May 2021N/A256$14.99
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Paperback978178029780428th June 2022141 X 217mm256$17.95
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