WINNER OF THE 2019 CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE
CHOSEN AS A TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES, TELEGRAPH AND GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
'A dark trail of murder, political corruption and lies' i
A journalist must follow the clues, no matter how far that takes her.
Casey Benedict, star reporter at the Post, has infiltrated the lives and exposed the lies of countless politicians and power players. Using her network of contacts, Casey is always on the search for the next big story, no matter how much danger this might place her in, no matter what cost emotionally.
Tipped off by an overheard conversation at an exclusive London nightclub, she begins to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy young British man, whose death has left his fiancée and family devastated.
Casey's determined hunt for the truth will take her from the glitz of St-Tropez to the deserts of Libya and on to the very darkest corners of the human mind.
'Sensational! I loved it. Superbly plotted, and what a brilliant series lead!'
The Hunt and the Kill, the third in the Casey Benedict series, is out now.
London Post investigative journalist Casey Benedict, the heroine of Watt's terrifying and timely debut, is at a high-end nightclub stalking a source when she overhears a conversation about a camp where the rich can kill without consequences. Research leads Casey and fellow reporter Miranda Darcey to suspect that someone is leading human safaris at the Salama refugee camp on the Libya-Algeria border. They can't go to print without proof, though, and their only witness dies before they can question him. With the help of damaged former Royal Marine Ed Fitzgerald, the women conspire to go undercover and join the depraved hunting party, gathering evidence and getting out before anyone catches on; after sequestering themselves in the Sahara with men who paid for the privilege to murder, however, that proves easier said than done. Watt lulls readers with a slow, almost antiseptic start, then plunges them headlong into a white-knuckled, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. Visceral storytelling enhances a harrowing plot that continually ratchets up tension while spotlighting the global refugee crisis, debating journalistic ethics, and contemplating the value of an individual life. Watt is off to a strong start.