CJ Carver’s books are currently being re-published and will be available as eBooks in the Autumn (2015). Amazon and other booksellers do have stock of CJ’s backlist – see each individual book for details – you can also read them at your local library.
CJ’s new book will be published in print and as an eBook in May 2016. Come back to the site for ‘how to buy’ or sign up to the newsletter to be notified when they become available
The Honest Assassin
The assassination was quick, slick and totally professional.
Ex-soldier Sol Neill has been brutally slain by a lithe blonde woman, and Jay McCaulay is the only witness.
Sol was a friend of Max Blake’s, and when Blake is arrested for his murder, Jay knows she can’t sit back and watch him be convicted. Determined to prove his innocence, she launches an investigation that soon turns ugly. Her old boss is assassinated and her family threatened, but Jay is gutsy and stubborn. She isn’t going to give up without a fight.
But as she begins to uncover a sinister secret that goes right into the heart of the British establishment, Jay is unaware that something worse lies ahead – the assassin has been set on to her trail . . .
Books to Die For
The world’s greatest mystery writers on the world’s greatest mystery novels. 119 crime writers from 20 countries have come together to write a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about themselves and their work as they do about the books that they love. Michael Connelly writes on The Little Sister, Kathy Reichs The Silence of the Lambs, Ian Rankin I was Dora Suarez, C J Carver The Outlander.
This is a great book for any reader who is not just looking for the classics of the genre, but the hidden gems. Books To Die for has won an Edgar Award in the critical/biographical category, and also an Agatha Award in the Best Nonfiction category.
Back with Vengeance
When Jay McCaulay, who specialises in tracing missing persons, wakes drugged in a strange hotel room, she knows things can only get worse. She isn’t in the UK. She’s in Moscow, and she has no idea how she got there.
Memory shot to pieces, Jay returns home to find her beloved uncle Duncan missing. Apparently, she’d been searching for Duncan when she was kidnapped, and when Nikolai, an old friend of Duncan’s, turns up asking questions, alarm bells start ringing. For Nikolai Koslov is one of the UK’s resident Russian oligarchs . . .
Soon Jay is entangled in a web of lies and betrayals that stretches from Newbury Race Course to Siberia. But, as the body count rises, it’s clear that Jay’s biggest threat may be Duncan himself – an honourable family man who seems determined to destroy himself and all he holds dear.
Gone Without Trace
Jay McCaulay receives an unwelcome reminder of her army past when she runs into an old adversary – notorious Mafioso and human trafficker Milot Dumani. When she follows him, events take a sinister turn and she finds herself pursuing Dumani back to his homeland.
But her mission becomes personal with the disappearance of a young Eastern European girl whose life she once saved. Thrown into a world that inspires paranoia, where brutal Mafia thugs give no quarter, and where her family and loved ones are threatened, Jay is forced to confront a trail of murder, corruption and evil that leads back into the heart of the UK…
Beneath the Snow
It’s been a long, hard winter in the small Alaskan town of Lake’s Edge – and things are about to get even tougher.
Lisa McCall, a young research scientist, has vanished in the wilderness in the middle of a snowstorm. Her sister, Abby, reluctantly drops everything and flies out of England to join the search party – she hasn’t spoken to Lisa for four years after a terrible row and now she must face up to the fact there may never be a time for reconciliation.
Alaska is the last place Abby wants to be. Alone in the freezing outpost, bruised by a broken love affair, Abby struggles to understand Lisa’s disappearance. But Abby soon realises the situation is far more sinister than it seems.
Her little sister, she discovers, had both influential friends and powerful enemies, and might just have been too clever for her own good.
The second book featuring India Kane, the wilful and independent journalist protaganist of CJ’s first novel Blood Junction.
When India agrees to accompany a Greenpeace ship in pursuit of a whaling fleet, she has no idea what awaits her. Buffeted by high winds and blinded by freezing fog, by the time they spot the huge container ship bearing down on them it is too late. Eight crew members are lost, including one of India’s closest friends.
India is determined to bring the owner of the vessel to justice, in a quest that begins in the Australian outback. There she discovers a community struck by a mysterious illness – and a puzzle which will take India on a dark and terrifying journey. . .
Georgia Parish was glad to leave behind the damp heat, the bugs and the deadly wilderness of Nulgarra, in Far Northern Queensland. But after a plane crash she finds herself back there, struggling to comprehend a sinister fact – the plane was sabotaged. Who was the intended target? After all, nobody could have a reason to want Georgia dead…
The trail of clues she follows takes her into the heart of the most exotic, colourful and savage landscape on earth. With relentless criminals behind her, she is unaware that something worse lies ahead – a merciless enemy who may know her all too well.
When journalist India Kane travelled from Sydney to the outback town of Cooinda for a reunion with her friend Lauren, she had no idea of the devastating series of events which would soon begin to unravel. For when India arrives in Cooinda, Lauren is not there – and next day, India is arrested for a double murder . . .
Set in the unforgiving landscape of the Australian outback, Blood Junction is a powerfully brooding and compulsive thriller about a woman on the run from a brutal killer and her own dark past – a past which is linked to Cooinda’s own shocking history.
CJ’s first novel, winner of the CWA Debut Dagger and nominated for the Barry Award, was also selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best mystery books of the year.