The Company
by Sally Spencer

In this hard-hitting standalone thriller from Sally Spencer, a crash survivor discovers dark family secrets as he tries to stay alive.

Bristol, 1991. Crammed into a hire car, on their way to a vital appointment, five representatives of Conroy Enterprises are running very late. Rob Conroy, the black sheep of the family, is torn between spiteful amusement at his Uncle Tony’s irritation and anxiety for the future. If Conroy Enterprises fails, it will bring Rob’s own small publishing company down with it.

But in the space of just two hours, everything changes. The car crashes, leaving Rob the only survivor. And almost simultaneously, Charles Conroy, the elderly family patriarch – who holds control of the company in his iron fist – dies of old age.

As Rob and his few remaining relatives struggle to make sense of it all, one thing becomes painfully clear: the crash was not an accident. Which means, Rob soon realises, the intended victim might not be dead . . .


A solid plot, intriguing characters, and plenty of red herrings add up to a winner. Spencer consistently delivers the goods

Publishers Weekly

A gripping read featuring Spencer’s keen understanding of human nature, her knack for drawing readers in with twisty plots and intriguing characters, and her fine storytelling


Spencer nicely balances family drama with old-fashioned detection

Kirkus Reviews

Paniatowski’s diverse, quirky, and talented team elevates this one to beyond the rank and file of British procedurals

Booklist on Dead End

Spencer writes with verve and humor while delivering a satisfying mystery plot

Publishers Weekly on Dry Bones

Spencer’s skillful writing, clever plotting, and colorful characters, combined with her insights into what makes humans and especially cops tick, make this a crime novel to savor

Booklist Starred Review of The Hidden

Like the lime-mortared shaft that sets the plot in motion, Spencer's puzzle shows workmanship and beyond, since every piece must fit just so before the secret can be revealed

Kirkus Reviews on Dry Bones

Sally Spencer

Sally Spencer worked as a teacher both in England and Iran – where she witnessed the fall of the Shah. She now lives on the Costa Blanca with her partner, one rescue cat, two rescue dogs and innumerable fruit trees. Having once been an almost fanatical mahjong player, she is now obsessed with duplicate bridge.As well as the Jennie Redhead mysteries, Spencer is also the author of the successful DCI Monika Paniatowski series, the Chief Inspector Woodend mysteries and the Inspector Blackstone series.

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The Company by Sally Spencer is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029773628th October 2021140 X 215mm272£13.99
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