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Closer Still

UK Publisher: Allison & Busby
US Publisher: St Martin's Press

Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon doesn’t take Kindly to threats. So when a local gangster starts taking an interest in his partner Brodie Farrell and their infant son, Deacon is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect them.

Though Brodie is an expert at finding things, some things she’d be happy never to see again – certainly not when she’s along in the office. Crime boss Joe Loomis is one of them. But he’s not going to hurt her. Not with his own knife buried to the hilt in his side and his life ebbing in a pool of blood on her doorstep.

But that’s not the worst of it. With his dying breath Loomis tries to name his killer – and that single syllable threatens to tear her family apart.

With Deacon under suspicion, Brodie takes on the hunt for the killer. Soon both are drawn into a web of terror and twisting family ties, and it become apparent that Loomis was the victim of something other then simple gang warfare. World events have their echo even in places like Dimmock; yet in the face of global terrorism, sometimes it’s the most basic motives that prove the strongest.



“absorbing…Readers will relish Bannister’s well-plotted solution and the revelation of unexpected depths and facets in her series characters” Publishers Weekly

“Bannister delivers a compelling plot, a likeably feisty heroine, an intriguing supporting cast, and enough suspense to keep readers burning the midnight oil.” Booklist