Jack Heath

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book | Fiction | Jan 2018
ANZ → Allen & Unwin Pty (Ed. Jane Palfreyman)
US → Hanover Square Press (Ed. Peter Joseph)

A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a ransom call: pay or else. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads.

Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He’s also a psychopath—the FBI’s last resort.

But this time Blake might have met his match. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than anyone he's faced before. And Blake has been assigned a new partner, a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget.

Timothy Blake has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden.

And he also has a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one…

Already  optioned for TV by a major US network, Hangman is a mesmerising dissection of the criminal mind and a bulletproof thriller.


Kate Cooper manages the translation rights for Hangman

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"Jack Heath is set to be the next Matthew Reilly. "

Tara Moss, internationally bestselling author of Assassin

‘Learn this kid's name, read his books. He's someone now, going to be much more someone later.’

Michael Grant, internationally bestselling author of Gone

"Timothy Blake is the cannibal detective – a man who is the product of evil – who negotiates his existence through the rule of a life for a life. He is a brilliant, complex character. With his social anxiety and savant-like qualities, this quiet and unassuming figure might just be the most dangerous man in the room. Hangman is cinematic and grubby, brimming with pulpy noir. "

Michael Offer, producer, How to Get Away with Murder and Homeland

“Jack Heath’s Hangman is a perverse, twisted take on a crime novel—and I loved every page of it. What a rarity to find a thriller as dark as a Palahniuk and as compulsively readable as a Patterson. Two well-chewed thumbs up for Hangman.”

Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author

"Prose so hard-boiled it will crack your teeth."

Gordon Reece, MICE

"Jack Heath’s writing grabs you by the throat, gnaws on your bones, and washes it all down with a hefty dose of funny. Sick, twisted, violent, and oh so good. In Timothy Blake, Heath has created a one-of-a-kind character. I hope."

Emma Viskic, award-winning author of And Fire Came Down and Resurrection Bay

“Let’s cut to the chase: Hangman is a great read! Jack Heath’s boundless imagination and singular voice have produced a truly unique thriller. By turns
psychologically insightful, wonderfully disturbed and even darkly comedic, Hangman will keep you coursing through the pages at a lightning pace. Brilliant! (Probably best read with lights on and doors locked. I’m just saying.)”

Jeffery Deaver

A grisly, efficiently written nail-biter packed with riddles and suspense, Hangman has bestseller written all over it.

The Age

It's a dark book, but one with plenty of humour, and a twisty plot that keeps you guessing to the very end.

Karen Hardy
The Canberra Times

The hero of Jack Heath’s debut adult novel is a cannibal detective… Hangman is ghoulish fun, and fills the Dexter– and Hannibal-shaped holes in our lives.

Bookseller & Publisher

The hero of Jack Heath’s Hangman is certainly a monster, but strangely, ever so strangely, oddly likeable... In a world of lurking dangers, his extremely alternative hero, vulnerable, damaged and living on the fringes, is on the move without respite from beginning to the end. This novel is all about tempo and character.

Graeme Blundell
The Weekend Australian

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