The Mermaid's Pool by David Nolan
Detective Inspector John Smithdown is a good man with some bad things to deal with.
It's 1988 and ecstasy is flooding the streets of Manchester.
The Second Summer of Love is here.
Tell that to the locals on DI Smithdown's patch.
Over one weekend, Smithdown is faced with a missing single mum, machete wielding gangs in Oldham, simmering racial tensions across communities and a mutilated body found at the edge of a remote lake with a mythical reputation.
People say bad things happen at the Mermaid's Pool.
They're dead right.
David Nolan – author of Black Moss - brings you a second helping of Manc Noir.
Things just got even darker.
Praise for Black Moss
A dark but compelling novel very much rooted in fact – I LOVE Manchester
Author David Nolan has used his memories of the 1990 Strangeways riots as a backdrop to his debut novel and channelled his anger about a Manchester murder that shocked the nation - Manchester Evening News
Dark, brooding, angry - very angry at times. A compelling mystery with a social conscience - itsanindiebookblog.com
A storming fictional debut - The Marple Leaf
Gripping from the outset. This is a stark, desolate book - stunning - The Irresponsible Reader
Manchester is a location that's been underused in fiction but David Nolan is keen to claim it - this is Manc Noir - Northern Soul Magazine
About the author
David is a multi award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter. He has written a dozen books including Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, the true story of the largest historic abuse case ever mounted by Greater Manchester Police. He presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary based on the book called The Abuse Trial. It won both the Rose D’Or and the New York International radio awards in 2016. Officers involved in the case helped David with the police procedures featured in Black Moss, particularly the way the system deals with missing children.