Sharp Scratch

The pulse-racing psychological thriller

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Pub Date 22 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 26 Mar 2024

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Description

Six candidates. One job. A killer prepared to murder their way to the top.

Salford, 1983. Lorraine Quick is a single mum, a member of a band going nowhere fast and Personnel Officer at Salford’s grim Memorial Hospital. A new General Manager position is being introduced, someone to steer the institution towards Margaret Thatcher’s lofty vision for the NHS. Lorraine will be pivotal in selecting the successful candidate, thanks to her recent training in psychometric testing.

However, the deliberate substitution of a flu vaccine for a lethal dose of anaesthetic reveals a killer is at work at the hospital. Lorraine’s suspicions turn towards the top brass vying for the new role - could the personality tests lead her to the killer?

Sharp Scratch takes readers behind the scenes of a sprawling northern hospital, to the places the public does not see and would not want to, where clashes between politics and personalities can be fatal.


'A brilliant and darkly compelling thriller, with a genuinely creepy mix of mystery, psychology and murder.' - S. D. Sykes, author of Plague Land

'A dazzling new voice in crime fiction. Taut, twisty and addictive. Martine Bailey is one to watch.' - Louisa Treger, author of Madwoman

Six candidates. One job. A killer prepared to murder their way to the top.

Salford, 1983. Lorraine Quick is a single mum, a member of a band going nowhere fast and Personnel Officer at Salford’s...


Advance Praise

'A brilliant and darkly compelling thriller, with a genuinely creepy mix of mystery, psychology and murder' - S. D. Sykes

‘A dazzling new voice in crime fiction. Taut, twisty and addictive. Martine Bailey is one to watch’ - Louisa Treger

'A captivating novel, compellingly written and the tension is built so cleverly. Brilliant' - Kerry Hadley-Pryce

'A brilliant and darkly compelling thriller, with a genuinely creepy mix of mystery, psychology and murder' - S. D. Sykes

‘A dazzling new voice in crime fiction. Taut, twisty and addictive. Martine...


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ISBN 9780749030841
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