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Spider Trap

A Brock and Kolla Mystery

Brock and Kolla Mysteries

Barry Maitland

Minotaur Books

When human bones are discovered in Cockpit Lane, a poor area of inner south London, D.C.I. David Brock and D.S. Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard are called in to investigate. The first twist in the case comes when Brock and Kolla learn that the victims died over twenty years ago, during the Brixton riots, information that leads the two of them on a dangerous journey into the heart of the West Indian community in London. Making matters worse, a formidable old antagonist, Spider Roach, returns, weaving together past and present in an intricate web of deception and intrigue. Now the two have to uncover the truth of those long ago deaths, and be able to prove it with a crucial piece of evidence, in order to prevent the violence of the past from revisiting itself on them.

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Spider Trap
ONESNOW BEGAN TO FALL over the city late on Thursday night, in mean little flakes at first, but then in plump silent gobbets. By dawn, when the security guard reached the school at the end of Cockpit Lane, the whole of London lay under a muffling blanket of white. As he checked the gates and fences he noticed what looked like a fresh trail leading through the snow beside the empty garage building next door, as if something had been dragged from its rear door. He was very much inclined to ignore it, but the garage was technically part of the school premises, and there had been a spate
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Praise for Spider Trap

"Gripping and complex ... the intricate plot, spot-on dialogue and vivid descriptions will keep readers turning the pages." -- Publishers Weekly on Spider Trap

“Gripping…Maitland brings the particular world he depicts unforgettably alive.  No one who reads this haunting, unnerving work will ever again think about contemporary artists the same way.” – Publishers Weekly on No Trace

“A craft and well-crafted showpiece of the genre…Altogether an intricate and maze-like tale well told and well worth the telling.” – Los Angeles Times Book Review on The Chalon Heads

“Maitland, perhaps the most underrated writer in the field, puts it all together – a memorably twisty plot, cut-and-thrust investigation, unsparing forensics, psychological penetration – in the complete mystery package.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on No Trace

“As a procedural, it is first-rate; as a crime thriller, it is compelling; and as a reflection of of contemporary life, it is fascinating.” – Dallas Morning News on Silvermeadow

“In what may be his best book yet, Maitland starkly contrasts the modern art worldview of life as art/art as life with the police attitude that life is not a game.” – Library Journal on No Trace

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Barry Maitland

  • Barry Maitland is the author of several previous novels featuring D.C.I. David Brock and Det. Sgt. Kathy Kolla.  Born in Scotland and raised in London, Maitland lives in Australia.  His work has been a finalist for the Barry Award, the John Creasey Award, and the winner of the Ned Kelley Award.
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    Spider Trap

    A Brock and Kolla Mystery

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    Barry Maitland

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