Hangman is Jack Heath’s adult debut—a grisly crime novel set in Houston, Texas. It will be published in English by Allen & Unwin in January, 2018, and soon after that it will be published in French, German, Russian and audiobook format. The television rights have been optioned by the ABC network in the USA.
A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a ransom call: pay or else. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads.
Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He’s also a psychopath—the FBI’s last resort.
But this time Blake might have met his match. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than anyone he’s faced before. And Blake has been assigned a new partner, a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget.
Timothy Blake has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden.
And he also has a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one…
‘Jack Heath’s writing grabs you by the throat, gnaws on your bones, and washes it all down with a hefty dose of funny. Sick, twisted, violent, and oh so good. In Timothy Blake, Heath has created a one-of-a-kind character. I hope.’ —Emma Viskic, internationally bestselling author of And Fire Came Down
‘Jack Heath is set to be the next Matthew Reilly.’ —Tara Moss, internationally bestselling author of Assassin
‘Learn this kid’s name, read his books. He’s someone now, going to be much more someone later.’ —Michael Grant, internationally bestselling author of Gone
‘Think of the worst thing you can imagine, then go darker. And weirder. If the end days are upon us then this is a book whose time has truly come. A bulletproof thriller, a mesmerising dissection of aberration and shame and an astonishing, addictive page-turner, HANGMAN will blow your mind. Chuck Palahniuk rewrites Dexter with a godalmighty twist that will take your breath away. Welcome to a new kind of crime hero and a world where nothing is as it seems. You might want to look away but you won’t be able to resist.’ —Jane Palfreyman, publisher of The Slap, The Natural Way of Things and Hangman.