The Crime Writers' Association

Gold 2012

N.J Cooper
Vengeance in Mind
shortlisted
Simon & Schuster

Author website Amazon

Synopsis: Sir Dan Blackwater, well known businessman and philanthropist is found dead one morning in his home on the Isle of Wight. Pinned to the kitchen table with butcher’s knives, he has been castrated in what looks like a gruesome act of revenge. The only other person on the scene is his own PA, Sheena. But when DCI Charlie Trench brings her in for questioning, he discovers that she can’t remember a thing about the events of last night – the shock seems to have caused her to lose her memory.

Unsure whether to believe Sheena’s story, Trench calls in forensic psychologist Karen Taylor to help unblock Sheena’s memory. But as Karen begins her investigation, she will discover there is much more to the Blackwaters than ever met the public eye. And as she lifts the lid on a truly scandalous history, she will put herself in more danger than she could possibly imagine.

The Judges said: “Forensic psychologist Karen Taylor returns in a careful and convincing story with a shocker of an opening, a strong romantic theme, great pace and plotting. The characters are particularly well developed.”

An ex-publisher, past Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and lifelong Londoner, N J Cooper writes for a variety of newspapers and journals and contributes to many radio programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Saturday Review. In 2002 she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library, an award that ‘goes to the author whose work has given most pleasure to readers’.