The Crime Writers’ Association

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2013


Christopher J Yates

Black Chalk

Published by: Harvill Secker

This novel is in a beguiling tradition of puzzle thrillers that includes The Magus and the David Fincher movie The Game. It is also reminiscent of some aspects of Donna Tart’s Secret History. Six students play an elaborate and life-threatening game of dares at Oxford University and in New York. Beautifully written – a description of fireflies in trees is particularly striking – and confidently plotted.

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