The Crime Writers’ Association

Debut Dagger 2017


Catherine Hendricks


Catherine Hendricks is a North American writer based in Seattle, Washington (USA) where she has worked as a felony prosecutor and, more recently, a trial lawyer for the Washington State Attorney General. Her first mystery novel was placed second at the London Book Fair Lit-Idol Competition in 2005. Three of her novels (including Hardways in 2017) have been longlisted by the Debut Dagger. Ms. Hendricks was recently accepted to the Crime Novel program at City, University of London, and looks forward to writing full time.

Homicide detective Gwen Drake returns from sixty-days of Las Vegas craps and bottom feeding to investigate the murder of a black man found headless on top of a laurel hedge in a moneyed Seattle neighborhood. Her prime suspect is a cop-hating judge, who is, like the victim, one of Drake’s high school classmates.

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