The Heights
by Parker Bilal

The discovery of a severed head on a London Tube leads private investigators Crane and Drake on a dark journey into the past – and a personal quest for retribution.

In this second title in the London-based Crane and Drake mystery series, Cal Drake has left the police force and is now working as a private detective, having teamed up with the motorcycle-riding Dr Rayhana Crane.

The chilling discovery of a severed head on the Tube draws Calil Drake back to the case he failed to solve four years ago which left his police career in tatters. Crane and Drake investigate while also searching for Howeida Almanara – a young international student from the Gulf and the missing girlfriend of a Crane family friend. Could her disappearance be linked to Cal’s past and the gruesome discovery on the Tube? Crane and Drake are plunged into the dark underworld of London and international crime, and must risk their lives to uncover the truth.


A gritty London backdrop lends the perfect level of menace to Crane and Drake’s gut-wrenching battles with their pasts; another fine display of Bilal’s top-notch storytelling


Bilal’s stylishly written second Crane and Drake mystery offers complex portraits of the detective duo

Kirkus Reviews

An arresting first chapter … the protagonists’ backstories intrigue

Publishers Weekly

Bilal tells his story with a ferocious, exhilarating energy, and his characters feel real, not just illustrations of themes

Daily Telegraph on The Divinities

A tense, yet contemplative, installment in this bar-raising series

Booklist on Dark Water

The relentless pacing and meticulously descriptive prose make this a page-turner

Publishers Weekly on Dark Water

Offers a must-read, street-level look at African politics; a compelling personal journey; and a top-rate mystery

Booklist Starred Review of City of Jackals

Deftly wraps a whodunit around an eloquent, character-driven look at recent history

Kirkus Reviews on City of Jackals

A must-read series for fans of international crime fiction

Booklist Starred Review of The Burning Gates

Parker Bilal

Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub, the critically acclaimed literary novelist. He is the author of the Makana Investigations series, the third of which, The Ghost Runner, was longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. The Divinities, the first in his Crane and Drake London crime series, was published in 2019. Born in London, he has lived in a number of places, including the UK, Denmark, Spain and, currently, the Netherlands.@Parker_Bilal

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The Heights by Parker Bilal is available in the following formats

Hardback *97807278902837th April 2020145 X 222mm272$28.99
Hardback *978072789028331st December 2019145 X 222mm272£20.99
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