J.S. Law

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book | Fiction | Jul 2015
US → Henry Holt & Co Inc (Ed. Michael Signorelli)
UK → Headline Publishing (Ed. Vicki Mellor)
The debut novel from J.S. Law, featuring new series lead Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, has been heralded as 'addictively readable' by Patricia Cornwell, 'pacey, claustrophobic and utterly thrilling' by Eva Dolan and 'breathlessly plotted' by Emlyn Rees.

Suicide must be investigated.

Especially when a Royal Navy sailor kills himself on a nuclear submarine, only days after his wife's brutal murder.

Now Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy's finest Special Branch investigator, must interrogate the tight-knit, male crew of HMS Tenacity to determine if there's a link.

Isolated, and standing alone in the face of extreme hostility, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival.

Justice must be served, but with a possible killer on board the pressure is rising and her time is running out...


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JS Law is a powerful new voice, and his heroine Dan Lewis lives up to the title, Tenacity. She is fearless and doesn't quit in the faces of all odds. The murky world of submarines and murder make Tenacity additively readable, and memories of it linger like dreams.

Patricia Cornwell

Now and again a debut novel comes along that makes you hold your breath.Tenacity by J S Law is one such book. It's authenticity rings true with not a false note throughout. Tense, claustrophobic, and totally absorbing, this book should be on every thriller reader's radar - or should that be sonar? Absolutely superb

Matt Hilton

'Pacy, claustrophobic and utterly thrilling, with a heroine you'll happily follow to the bottom of the ocean. Tenacity is a highly original debut by a major new talent.'

Eva Dolan

A taut, tense thriller with a fantastic female lead. The prose is crisp, the humor dark, and there's just the right amount of detail to ensure this has a massively broad appeal. Hard to believe this is a debut. J.S. Law is one to watch.

SJI Holliday

Tenacity by J.S. Law is a brilliant debut. Breathlessly plotted. Deeply disturbing. The perfect thriller to dive into this summer.

Emlyn Ree

In his debut novel, J.S. Law has crafted thrilling suspense in a setting that offers many opportunities for confined, oppressive menace. [...] Law ends Tenacity with a perfect segue into a sequel. It can't come too soon. 

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