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Title
The bird yard
Author
J Wallis Martin
format
Hardback
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19980604

Roly's Yard is an aviary tacked on to the back of a squat in Central Manchester and Roland Barnes is a killer. Or is he?
Boy after boy has come to visit the finches he raises in his aviary, and two of them have disappeared. One of them has been found dead.

Detective Superindent Parker and psychological profiler Murray Hanson are closing in on Roly, but will it be in time to save Roly's latest visitor, Brogan Healey?

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J Wallis Martin was born in Sussex. Her first novel, the Edgar nominated A LIKENESS IN STONE, was filmed as a two-part drama by the BBC. Her second novel, THE BIRD YARD, has been optioned for film. Both are available in New English Library paperback.

'Martin's second novel propels her forward in the ranks of British crime writers... An intelligent, thoughtful story which leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. Well constructed, beautifully written. It will definitely rank among the best crime books of the year'
Yorkshire Post



The writing has a nice, hairs-rising-on-the-back-of-the-neck tone to it, and I wouldn't recommend staying up into the small hours to finish this one. Better to pursue it in daylight, with a hatchet close to hand
IRISH TIMES

The Bird Yard is extremely well written and grips the reader with a very real fear
STIRLING OBSERVER

'A nail-biting thriller that builds tension'
Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

'You won't be able to put it down'
Essentials



A chilling tale of psychological suspense
Metro

Grim and intense, this novel gives readers an instant jolt . . . Parker is a winning protagonist, shrewd and compassionate . . . Martin, whose last book, A Likeness in Stone, was nominated for an Edgar Award, has worked a keen note of malevolence into her novel and created a gripping story that has firm psychological underpinnings
Publishers Weekly

'A gripping tale of abuse and murder which doesn't rely on sensationalist detail to deliver the goods'
Prima

'A gripping, well-paced story, in which Martin displays a considerable depth of insight into the adolescent mind'
Yorkshire Evening Post



'Martin cleverly portrays the innocent obstinacy of vulnerable young boys, propelled towards a fate they can neither imagine nor believe'
Sunday Telegraph



'A superb psychological thriller. I couldn't put it down. If you like Minette Walters and Ruth Rendell, look out for this talented author'
Choice



'A compulsive read'
Reading Chronicle



'Grim and intense, this novel gives readers an instant jolt . . . Parker is a winning protagonist, shrewd and compassionate . . . Martin, whose last book, A Likeness in Stone, was nominated for an Edgar Award, has worked a keen note of malevolence into her novel and
created a gripping story that has firm psychological underpinnings' Publishers Weekly



'The writing has a nice, hairs-rising-on-the-back-of-the-neck tone to it, and I wouldn't recommend staying up into the small hours to finish this one. Better to peruse it in daylight, with a hatchet close to hand' IRISH TIMES

'The Bird Yard is extremely well written and grips the reader with a very real fear' STIRLING OBSERVER

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Psychological fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
340

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