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When one of London’s best-known literary agents is found dead, having apparently fallen from his office window, DCI Slider is under pressure from the Borough Commander to sign it off as an accident. But the evidence doesn’t add up, and Slider and his team find themselves probing the juicy secrets of the suave and successful Ed Wiseman’s life.

So many people seemed to hold a grudge against him: ex-wife, rejected author, sacked employee, discarded mistress… And what was his connection with the exotically-named Calliope Hunt, whom Slider has been absolutely forbidden to interview? Everyone lies to the police, and Slider must plunge headlong into the smoke-and-mirrors world of publishing, to work out whose account of events is true and whose is – well, fiction.

Dialogue sparkling with wit and humor lifts Harrod-Eagles’s sterling 21st mystery…an immensely enjoyable ride through London and its publishing world in the company of thoroughly relatable characters. Readers will wish for Slider’s career to continue for many years to come.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY starred review

Harrod-Eagles’ popular series hero, Detective Chief Inspector Bill Slider, returns in another absorbing police procedural…While the investigation itself makes for an attention-grabbing read, it’s Harrod-Eagles’ deftly drawn characters and the sheer likability of Slider and his colleagues that provide the central appeal.


Highly entertaining… Harrod-Eagles shows once again why this series ranks high among contemporary British police procedurals.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY review of Shadow Play

ISBN Hardback: 978 -0 -7278-8836-5
Published by Severn House October 2018

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