Crime Central at Central Library

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
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Crime Central at Manchester Central Library, Manchester 23 March 2023 Tickets from £2.00 — Book now

Watch your back at Central Library as Manchester Libraries’ monthly event Crime Central welcomes fresh blood in the form of three new writers of thrillers and police procedurals: Sally-Anne Martyn, Alex North and Nick Oldham. Hosted by Rob Parker, Crime Central showcases emerging and regional talent alongside blockbuster bestselling authors from around the country, offering audience members a moment inside their minds – so prepare yourself!

Internationally bestselling author Alex North’s latest novel with Penguin Books is The Half Burnt House, published 16 March. This follows 2020’s The Shadow Friend, his second psychological thriller, and The Whisper Man, which came out in 2019 and was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, a Richard & Judy pick, and is published in more than 30 languages. Crime biggie Mark Billingham called Alex North’s debut ‘mesmerising and masterful’ and said: ‘The Whisper Man is a thriller that is both terrifying and utterly heartbreaking.’ Alex North was born in Leeds, and studied Philosophy at Leeds University, working there in the sociology department prior to becoming a writer.

Crime biggie Mark Billingham called Alex North’s debut ‘mesmerising and masterful’ and said: ‘The Whisper Man is a thriller that is both terrifying and utterly heartbreaking.’

Also from Yorkshire, growing up in a village just outside Sheffield, Sally-Anne Martyn will be introducing her debut novel, The Clinic, published in October by Joffe Books. The Clinic is a dark thriller set in an ex-asylum – one of Sally-Anne’s jobs was providing care in one of the last Victorian asylums in England… After living all over the UK as well as the States, she is back in the North and living alongside a menagerie of animals, including five pet pigs. We won’t ask what she feeds them.

Nick Oldham is an ex-cop turned prolific crime writer, with upwards of 29 books under his belt (we’re not sure how many exactly; we’ve lost count), including 24 in the popular Henry Christie series. The first Henry Christie novel appeared in 1996 while Nick was still a serving police officer in the Lancashire Constabulary – another seven followed before he retired from the force, leaving with the rank of Inspector, to become a full-time writer. More recently, he created the character Steve Flynn to lead a thriller series.

Rob Parker is the author of ten novels including the Thirty Miles Trilogy and the Ben Bracken thrillers, Crook’s Hollow and the Audible bestseller Far From The Tree, and co-host of the For Your Reconsideration film podcast. So far, Rob has welcomed to Crime Central the likes of Lesley Kara, Sunday Times Top Ten author, Russ Thomas, Sunday Times bestselling author of the DS Adam Tyler series, and Costa Book Award-winning Stuart Turton.

The monthly events also give you the chance to turn sleuth and ask your own questions to the panel of experts; expect insider info, anecdotes and laughs, audience interaction, giveaways and book signings – signed books will be available to purchase after the event. This time round, all ticket holders will be entered into a prize draw to win a bottle of fizz and the first two Thursday Murder Club novels by Richard Osman.

For more information about libraries in Manchester, check out our guide here.

Alex North The Half Burnt House cover
Alex North The Half Burnt House cover

Crime Central at Manchester Central Library, Manchester 23 March 2023

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