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The Long Call - UK edition The Long Call - US edition

The first in a brand new series from Ann Cleeves, bestselling and award-winning author of the 'Vera' and 'Shetland series'.

In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

"I ... was riveted."

Sara Paretsky

"Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."

Louise Penny

The Long Call will be published in the US by Minotaur Books on September 3rd 2019: it is available for order from, from B & N, or order it from your local bookstore via IndieBound (or tell them the ISBN is 978-1-2502-0444-8).

It will be published in the UK by Macmillan on 5th September, in hardback, (ISBN: 978-1-5098-8956-3), Kindle and audio (read by Ben Aldridge) editions.

For an advance flavour of The Long Call, UK readers will find the first chapter at the back of Wild Fire. Or, wherever you are, you can also read that chapter on the website of publisher, Pan MacMillan.