Scandal in the City
with Leye Adenle, Sarah Hilary and Vaseem Khan
Beneath the sparkling facades of the world’s greatest cities there lies a web of secrecy, duality and social tension fit for any fictional crime scene. Join Leye Adenle (The Beautiful Side of the Moon), Sarah Hilary (Someone’s Else’s Skin) and Vaseem Khan (Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series) as they probe the dirty underbelly of big cities and examine why built-up landscapes, such as Mumbai, Lagos, and London, make for such compelling criminal settings.
About the writers
Leye Adenle, winner of the first ever Prix Marianne in 2016, is a Nigerian writer living and working in London. His latest novel, The Beautiful Side Of The Moon draws on age-old African story-telling traditions, modern science-fiction and contemporary thriller writing. Website@LeyeAdenle
‘Spectacular – Adenle is crime fiction’s best new voice for years.’ – Lee Child
‘Leye Adenle has my vote for crown prince of crime writers in the UK.’ – James Ellroy
Sarah Hilary’s debut, Someone Else’s Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The Observer’s Book of the Month (‘superbly disturbing’) and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Her DI Marnie Rome series continued with Tastes Like Fear, Quieter Than Killing and Come And Find Me. Website @sarah_hilary
‘Hilary belts out a corker of a story, all wrapped up in her vivid, effortless prose. If you’re not reading this series of London-set police procedurals then you need to start right away’ – The Observer, Thriller of the Month
Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual thing he had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his series of crime novels.
He returned to the UK in 2006 and now works at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where he is astonished on a daily basis by the way modern science is being employed to tackle crime. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order. Website @VaseemKhanUK
‘Keeps things heart-warming while tackling corruption at the highest levels and violent crime at the lowest. Endearing and gripping, it sets up Inspector Chopra – and the elephant – for a long series.’ – The Sunday Times