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Blood Red City

UK Publisher: Orenda Books

Video footage of an apparent murder on a London train thrusts crusading journalist Lydia into a terrifying web of money, politics and power, in sophisticated, shockingly believable contemporary thriller

A witness but no victim. A crime but no crime scene

When crusading journalist Lydia Wright is sent a video of an apparent murder on a London train, she thinks she’s found the story to revive her career. But she can’t find a victim, much less the killers, and the only witness has disappeared. Wary she’s fallen for fake news, she begins to doubt her instincts – until a sinister call alerts her that she’s not the only one interested in the crime.

Michael Stringer deals in information – and doesn’t care which side of the law he finds himself on. But the murder on the train has left him exposed, and now he’ll stop at nothing to discover what the journalist knows.

When their paths collide, Lydia finds the story leads through a nightmare world where money, power and politics intersect – and information is the only thing more dangerous than a bullet.


‘They say that London is the money-laundering capital of the world. Rod Reynolds shows how that is possible in this complex thriller. His London is fast, busy and full of threats … Reynolds is a great scene setter and he is as good at action as he is at the development of Lydia’s character. She is brave, clever, sometimes silly and absolutely credible’ Literary Review

‘An outstanding page-turner that ratchets up the tension as it builds via a labyrinthine plot towards a satisfying and well-crafted climax … relevant and at times alarming, Blood Red City slaloms its way through the world of social media, geopolitics and hi-tech innovation with compelling conviction’ G.J. Minett

‘Echoes of the fears and worries of a modern world abound here in this pacy and subtle novel’ The Sun

‘A well-researched, complex and fully realised story with three-dimensional lead characters. The creeping tension and mistrust is palpable and there’s an absolutely cracking end reveal’ Shots Magazine

’A visceral, intelligent hi-tech thrill ride through London’s underbelly that will have your heart thumping. Plot twists aplenty and characters you’d kill for’ Live and Deadly

‘Packs the pages with tension and thrills … A wonderfully twisty story and I was totally hooked from the outset’ – Grab This Book

‘You are in for a treat with this whip-smart contemporary thriller. Strikingly realistic with an exciting, serpentine plot, I couldn’t put it down!’ Hair Past a Freckle

‘A slick, fast-paced thriller that was full of intrigue, well-crafted characters and a plot that kept me hooked’ – Jen Med’s Book Reviews

‘This book blew me away, with action on every page. This will definitely appeal to fans of the BBC’s The Capture. Terrific stuff!’ Hooked from Page One

After a successful career in advertising, working as a media buyer, Rod Reynolds took City University’s two-year MA in crime...