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Greg Buchanan

Greg Buchanan
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Greg Buchanan was born in 1989 and lives in the Scottish Borders. He studied English at the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD at King’s College London in identification and ethics. He is a graduate of UEA’s Creative Writing MA and in 2019 he was named on Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Sixteen Horses is his first novel.

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Sixteen Horses

Sixteen Horses

Greg Buchanan
Flatiron Books
Flatiron Books

“Dark, visceral and disturbing, this highly suspenseful and beautifully written thriller is totally gripping from start to finish. A hugely impressive debut.” ?Alex Michaelides, author of The Silent Patient and The Maidens

When sixteen horses' heads are found mysteriously buried in a small seaside town, residents are left reeling and desperate for answers.

In Ilmarsh, England, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses' heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After Veterinary Forensics expert Cooper Allen travels to the scene, a pathogen is discovered lurking within the soil, and many of those who have come into contact with the corpses grow critically ill.

A series of crimes comes to lightdisappearances, arson, and mutilationsand in the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightened and insidious mysteriesno matter the cost.

A literary thriller from a stunning new talent, Sixteen Horses is a story of enduring guilt, trauma, and punishment, set in a small seaside community the rest of the world has left behind.

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