A double murder investigation threatens not only Geraldine Steel's career, but her life. . .
'Unmissable' – Lee Child
Two murder victims and a suspect whose alibi appears open to doubt.... Geraldine Steel is plunged into a double murder investigation which threatens not only her career, but her life. And then her previously unknown twin Helena turns up, with problems which are about to make Geraldine's life turn toxic in more ways than one!
For fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, Deadly Alibi is a gripping murder investigation that will keep you turning the pages late into the night
Does the popularity of Nordic Noir suggest that there is a worldwide fascination with serial killers, which goes beyond anything that happens in real life? What is the reason for this fascination we have with serial killers? Christopher Booker spent 34 years analysing the psychological meaning of stories for his book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories. One of the basic plot lines he identified was: Overcoming Monsters, and there seems to be a clear development from the ogres and giants of childhood fairy tales to the serial killers in adult fiction.
After my debut novel featuring a serial killer, I introduced a different kind of murderer in my second novel, Road Closed. 'I can't have a serial killer in every book,' I explained to my agent. 'Oh yes, you can,' came the prompt reply. 'Readers love serial killers.' Of course that wasn't meant to be taken literally - although it's an interest that can indeed crop up in real life, with the bizarre phenomenon of women wanting to marry killers on death row in America.
Serial killers are popular with authors as well as readers, offering as they do the opportunity to ramp up tension. Anyone who has seen the film Jaws will remember the first shark attack, all the more shocking because it was unexpected. After that first horrific death, the director has only to put a woman in the water on her own, or have a child splash in the sea, and the audience are on the edge of their seats, wondering whether this will be the next victim of a shark attack. Hitchcock exploited this technique brilliantly in his film about a serial killer, Frenzy.
As well as the tension introduced by a serial killer, there is psychological interest in the character. While no one would condone or excuse any killing, we can perhaps understand how a victim of abuse might lose control and lash out. There are circumstances where the mildest of us would sympathise with such retaliation. We all have our breaking points. But what is it that drives someone to kill multiple victims, without actual provocation? This is a question I explore in my writing, with a different killer committing atrocities for reasons unique to that character in each of my books.
So in my latest story, Deadly Alibi, hopefully there is enough suspense, together with a sufficiently interesting killer, to appeal to this strange quirk in our psyche: our fascination with serial killers.
Leigh Russell has sold over a million crime fiction novels, and writes full time. Published in English and in translation throughout Europe, her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson titles have appeared on many bestseller lists, and reached #1 on kindle. Leigh's work has been nominated for several major awards, including the CWA New Blood Dagger and CWA Dagger in the Library, and her Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson series are in development for television with major television production company Avalon Television.
Leigh writes the Lucy Hall mystery series published by Thomas and Mercer.
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Critical Acclaim for Leigh Russell:
‘A rare talent’– Daily Mail
‘Impressively dependable‘– The Times
‘Leigh Russell is one to watch‘– Lee Child
‘A brilliant talent’– Jeffery Deaver
‘Taut and compelling‘– Peter James