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‘A fast-moving thriller. I was totally absorbed by it’ ELLY GRIFFITHS
‘Vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period’ PETER JAMES
‘A masterclass in place and landscape’ CHRISTIE WATSON


January 1983, Blackwater Estuary

A new year brings a new danger to the Essex shoreline. An illicit shipment, bound for Colchester – 100 kilograms of powder that will frantically accelerate tensions in the historic town, and leave its own murderous trace.

Detective Inspector Nick Lowry, and his fellow officers Daniel Kenton and Jane Gabriel must now develop a tolerance to one another, and show their own substance, to save Britain’s oldest settlement from a new, unsettling enemy.


A brilliant read, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Martina Cole on First Frost
A fast-moving thriller with strong characters, dark humour and a terrific sense of place. I was totally absorbed.
Elly Griffiths
A palpable hit . . . [a] dark, but glittering pearl.
Barry Forshaw on First Frost
Brilliantly engineered police procedural.
Daily Mail
It's a cracker . . . Henry is aware of the required marks for plot, pace and characterization and hits each one with devastating accuracy . . . brilliant.
James Henry has done it again with another taut, highly atmospheric police procedural!
Simon Kernick
James Henry's writing is vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period.
Peter James
Perfectly structured, authentically bred from its bleak and watery setting, Blackwater gives us a new Essex reimagined as a noir landscape.
Lawrence Osborne, author of The Forgiven
The smell of the marshes permeates every page . . . This is old-style policing set in an interesting period, and it's an encouraging start to what is likely to be an engaging series.
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
This is great stuff.
Peter Robinson on First Frost

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