With only three novels, Jane Adams has already carved herself a substantial reputation for hauntingly resonant novels of psychological suspense. Her books reveal a fascination with the sometimes indistinct lines between witnesses and participants, between the innocent and the complicit.
Her debut, The Greenway, shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first crime novel, introduced Detective Inspector Mike Croft whose role is pivotal but not always central. The Greenway returns Cassie Maltham to the ancient pathway where her cousin disappeared 20 years before. She is determined to confront her nightmares, but her arrival seems to precipitate new horrors. Cast The First Stone thrusts a quiet suburban cul-de-sac into a mad world of persecution and hatred. The question Adams explores with cunning skill is who exactly is being persecuted and why. Bird follows a woman on a journey into her grandfather’s past, exposing secrets that have poisoned an entire family.
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