Marked Men
by Chris Simms

In this thrilling sequel to Loose Tongues, DC Sean Blake returns to investigate a number of violent drownings in the Greater Manchester area.

A corpse is found in a Manchester canal, encased in a sleeping bag and weighed down by bricks. DC Sean Blake’s investigation has hardly begun before another body with links to it is discovered . . . also drowned. A mysterious figure seen asking questions about the victims becomes the prime suspect. But as Blake delves into the shady pasts of those killed, he finds connections to friends still living – including a crime lord of the city.

Matters are complicated for Blake when those who once formed their childhood gang refuse to cooperate. With a killer so elusive and targets so unwilling to accept help, can Blake stop the body count from rising?


“A warts-and-all view of Greater Manchester’s finest and an ending guaranteed to surprise”

Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of gritty police procedurals will be rewarded”

Publishers Weekly

“Blake is a cop whom readers will root for”


Chris Simms

Chris Simms’ novels include the DI John Spicer and the DC Iona Khan series. His books have received nominations for Crime Writers’ Association Daggers and the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year award.@SimmsComment

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Marked Men by Chris Simms is available in the following formats

Hardback *97807278888151st July 2019145 X 221mm256$28.99
Hardback *978072788881529th March 2019145 X 221mm256£20.99
Ebook97814483019041st May 2019N/A240$10.99
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