Ritual Crime Unit: Disturbed Earth
9 April 2015
A tough, hard-nosed career officer in the male-dominated world of British policing, DCI Claire Pierce of North Yorkshire Police heads Northern England's underfunded and understaffed Ritual Crime Unit.
Injured in the line of duty, DCI Claire Pierce returns to work to find a new detective challenging her authority. He has brought in a self-proclaimed necromancer to question the victim of a murder, there's a coven of druids outside protesting the sale of their sacred site, and something in the evidence room has just sent out a signal.
Pierce is going to have to hit the ground running. A suspected ritual murder and a string of puzzling artefact thefts initially seem unconnected, but signs point to something bigger: buried skulls possessed by evil spirits start turning up, and they may only be the beginning.
Someone is planning something big, and the consequences if they succeed could be catastrophic. With a rebellious second-in-command, an inexperienced team, and a boss who only cares about potential bad publicity, Pierce has to make the connections and stop the ritual before it's too late...
Following on from E. E. Richardson’s Ritual Crime Unit: Under the Skin eNovella, Ritual Crime Unit: Disturbed Earth is the brand-new standalone novel in this new world from Abaddon Books, offering the perfect starting point for readers. Set in the North of England, amongst its industrial cities and famous wild landscape this is a breath of fresh air in amongst the London-obsessed pages of contemporary British urban fantasy.
Richardson has skilfully weaved together a gritty new urban fantasy world headed up by the wonderfully realised DCI Claire Pierce; this is Northern Prime Suspect in world in which magic – half-mistrusted, half-discredited – needs to be policed, and unfortunately for DCI Pierce it would seem she’s the only one up to the job…
UK: 9781781083147 | April 9th 2015
US: 9781781083154 | April 7th 2015