I’m extremely pleased to announce that book 6 in the main Anna Burgin series is coming in January. Illusions Of Warsaw is the sequel to Court Me Kill Me, and takes the action forward to 1997.
Anna is in her new flat, Danny has gone freelance, and a certain person introduces her Polish “niece” Agnieszka (Louise for short, haha) – despite famously being an only child. And while Danny heads to Warsaw to pursue a story, Louise comes to London, looking to avenge the death of her father. But all is not as it seems – and before long there’s an ever-tightening spiral of deception, corruption and murder.
Anna, meanwhile, is largely oblivious, and even goes to the gym. Nobody saw that coming. But soon, the tension increases, and not everyone will get out alive.
Here’s the start:
Monday, January 6th, 1997
THE alarm sounded, but he ignored it, as he’d been paid to do. A glance at the CCTV screen showed that everything was in order. In the corridor, at least. He reached out to mute the siren before anyone came running, asking awkward questions. Because that was all part of the deal.
And when they opened the cell and found the body the next morning? Well, then there’d be more questions still. He’d be called in front of his superiors, given a dressing down. He might even lose his job. But again, it wasn’t a problem. They’d made provisions for that.
They’d promised him a generous monthly allowance, for as long as he needed it. No rush, they’d said. Take your time. Treat it as a paid holiday, and only return to work when you feel like it. When you find something better, with higher pay and more time to spend with your family. We’ll look after you. All you need to do is ignore the alarm.
They hadn’t mentioned that they’d change their minds as soon as the furore died down, or that his body would be discovered weeks later, on the outskirts of Warsaw, naked, in a shallow grave.
Illusions Of Warsaw will be released in January 2020 and will be available for pre-order soon. Stand by…