New Books: Jacob Ross’ “The Bone Readers”

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Yesterday, Peepal Tree Press announced the publication of Grenadian author Jacob Ross’ new novel, The Bone Readers (2016). The Bone Readers is the first in Ross’s Camaho Quartet. Ross will be in conversation with fellow author Sharon Millar and Guardian books editor Claire Armitstead at The Small Wonder Short Story Festival on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 7:30pm. Ross and Millar will also read from their work. See original article for information on more author appearances and purchasing information. Peepal Tree Press writes:

Jacob Ross brings the best traditions of crime fiction to the Caribbean novel with a fast-moving narrative, richly observed characters, a powerful evocation of place and a denouement that will leave readers breathless. Set on the small Caribbean island of Camaho, The Bone Readers introduces DC Michael (Digger) Digson and his partner Miss K. Stanislaus as they are dragged into a world of secrets, disappearances and danger that demands every ounce of their brains, persistence and courage to survive.

Description: Secrets can be buried, but bones can speak…

When Michael (Digger) Digson is recruited into DS Chilman’s new plain clothes squad in the small Caribbean island of Camaho he brings his own mission to discover who amongst a renegade police squad killed his mother in a political demonstration. Sent to London to train in forensics, Digger becomes enmeshed in Chilman’s obsession with a cold case – the disappearance of a young man whose mother is sure he has been murdered. But along with his new skill in forensics, Digger makes rich use of the cultural knowledge he has gained from the Fire Baptist grandmother who brought him up, another kind of reader of bones. And when the enigmatic Miss K. Stanislaus, another of Chilman’s recruits, joins him on the case, Digger finds that his science is more than outmatched by her observational skills. Together, they find themselves dragged into a world of secrets, disappearances and danger that demands every ounce of their brains, persistence and courage to survive.

Jacob Ross is a novelist, short story writer, editor and creative writing tutor. His novel Pynter Bender was published to much critical literary acclaim and was shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Regional Prize and chosen as one of the British Authors Club’s top three Best First Novels. Jacob is also the author of two short story collections, Song for Simone and A Way to Catch the Dust, and the editor of Closure, Contemporary Black British short stories.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a judge of the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Olive Cook, Scott Moncrieff and Tom-Gallon Literary Awards.

Jacob Ross’s latest book, The Bone Readers, marks a new departure into crime fiction, and is the first in his Camaho Quartet.

For more information http://www.peepaltreepress.com/books/bone-readers

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