Happy last Friday of Orentober, jeez didn’t that month fly by?!
Not only is is #FirstLineFriday but it’s also the beginning of Halloween weekend, which means that it is book law to do nothing but read and eat all the chocolate, don’t ask me the legislation information. I threw it out on the last Bounty wrapper!
Black Reed Bay is the object of our bookish affections today, the first in an explosively addictive new crime series, Detective Casey Wray series to be exact, written by Rod Reynolds, one of Orenda Books newest authors. Black Reed Bay was published in paperback last month and is available for your reading pleasure now. You can purchase this unnerving slice of American noir directly from Orenda Books website here.
Don’t trust ANYONE…
When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident.
Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case that looks like it’s going to have only one ending…
And then the first body appears…
Rod Reynolds is the author of five novels, including the Charlie Yates series, the standalone Blood Red City and the
forthcoming Black Reed Bay.
His 2015 debut, The Dark Inside, was longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger, and was followed by Black Night Falling (2016) and Cold Desert Sky (2018); the Guardian have called the books ‘Pitch-perfect American noir.’ A lifelong Londoner, in 2020 Orenda Books published his first novel set in his hometown, Blood Red City, which was a Summer 2020 pick in the FT. In 2021, he again turns to the US, this time to present-day Long Island, with Black Reed Bay.
Rod previously worked in advertising as a media buyer, and holds an MA in Novel Writing from City University London. Rod lives with his wife and children and spends most of his time trying to keep up with them.
Okay, are we ready for the first line of Black Reed Bay?
Are you sure?
OKAY, here it is:
“Casey staggered across the beach towards the access tunnel, Maggie’s arm draped over her shoulder. She could feel McTeague’s eyes on her back, no need to turn to see it, his rebuke as unnerving as the stolen gun bulging her waistband.”
Just look at all the praise this first in series has received:
‘An awesome read. A turn of the screw in every chapter’ Oscar de Muriel
‘If you love Harlen Coben and Lee Child, you will love this … cinematic, epic, you will forget to breathe’ Miranda Dickinson
‘Compelling and stylish, with devious twists and a cleverly crafted ending. Very, very impressive’ G J Minnett
‘A twisty, high-stakes, high-voltage murder mystery’ Tim Baker
‘Beautifully written, deeply atmospheric and cleverly plotted, with a brilliant new protagonist’ Andrea Carter