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A Bitter Taste: A Catherine Berlin Novel

by Annie Hauxwell

Treachery becomes a habit.

London is in the grip of a stifling heatwave.  The city has slowed to a claustrophobic shuffle; heroin-addicted investigator Catherine Berlin suffers while working the lowest of investigations: matrimonial.

The city’s junkies are in the grip of a drought of a different kind.  Sonja Kvist, a strung-out ghost from Berlin’s past, turns up on her doorstep.  Sonja’s daughter is missing.  An unpaid debt leaves Berlin no choice but to take the case of the missing ten-year-old.

Berlin is back, but soon the hunter becomes the hunted: corrupt detectives are on Berlin’s tail chasing drugs she doesn’t have, a young girl is murdered and the matrimonial case takes a fatal turn.  And the temperature keeps rising.

‘Annie Hauxwell has given us a heroine for our bleak new age. Catch the wave now, while it’s building.’ The Times

‘Tough, fast-paced and peopled with believable characters, this is crime fiction for the 21st century.’ Sunday Canberra Times


22 May, 2013

About Annie Hauxwell

Annie Hauxwell was born in London and immigrated to Australia as a teenager. She abandoned the law to work as an investigator for a private firm, and after working as a screenwriter she turned her hand to novels. Her first novel, In Her Blood, was published in 2012.


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