M.W. Craven, The Curator


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Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2021

It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6

Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

Published 2020

Paperback: 400 pages

ISBN: 9781472131942

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And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself the Curator.

And nothing will ever be the same again…

‘Mike Craven has clearly studied the masters (Mark Billingham, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver) and learnt how to construct an intriguing, fast-moving mystery.’ – The Times

‘Gloriously dark and twisted.’ Daily Express

‘Dark, sharp and compelling’ Peter James

Julie Winspear Photography

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at sixteen. In 1995 he completed a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse, and then took up a probation officer position in Whitehaven. Sixteen years later he took the plunge and became a full-time author. He still lives in Cumbria.

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