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City Without Stars

Tim Baker

Hundreds of murders. Multiple cover ups. One cop and one activist. Can they really bring down the narcos?

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The epic second novel from the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger-shortlisted and Shamus-nominated author of Fever City

Mexico – Ciudad Real is in crisis: the economy is in meltdown, a new war between rival cartels is erupting, and a serial killer is murdering hundreds of female workers.

Fuentes, the detective in charge of the investigation, suspects that most of his colleagues are on the payroll of his chief suspect, narco kingpin, El Santo. If he’s going to stop the killings, he has to convince fiery union activist, Pilar, to ignore all her instincts and work with him. But in a city eclipsed by murder, madness and magic, can she really afford to trust him?

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Too gripping to put down.

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
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If I had been a Man Booker judge, I would have argued for the merits of Tim Baker's City Without Stars, an unflinchingly grim but unputdownable novel set in Mexico, in which the activities of a prolific serial killer go practically unnoticed in a country in which homicide is quotidian.

Daily Telegraph
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The natural successor to such hallowed crime writers as Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy.

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Absolutely brilliant.

Abir Mukherjee, author of A Rising Man
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One of the best crime novels you will read in a long, long time.

Vaseem Khan, author of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
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One of those books that just won’t let you go.

Stav Sherez, author of The Intrusions

Born into a showbiz family in Sydney, Tim Baker lived in Rome and Madrid before moving to Paris, where he ran consular operations in France and North Africa for the Australian embassy, liaising with international authorities on cases involving murder, kidnap, terrorism and disappearances. He has worked on film projects in India, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and China and currently lives…

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