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Head of Zeus
Two O'Clock Boy by M.K. Hill
 A Ray Drake Thriller

DI Ray Drake investigates a spate of murders targeting former residents of a children's home in the dark, original and addictive debut thriller from M.K. Hill.

One detective. One killer. One shared secret.

Connor Laird frightens people: he's intense, he's fearless, and he seems to be willing to do anything to protect himself and those he loves. When he arrives in the Longacre Children's Home, seemingly from nowhere, he instantly becomes hero and villain to every other child there.

But thirty years later, someone is killing all of those who grew up in the Longacre with Connor. Each of them has secrets, not least investigating cop DI Ray Drake. One by one, the mysteries of the past are revealed, and Drake finds himself in a race against time before the killer gets to him.

Who would kill to hide their secrets?

Praise for Two O'Clock Boy:

'Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters – and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling!' Louise Voss
'A fantastic debut: dark, addictive and original. I couldn't put it down.' Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice
'Grips from the start and never lets up.' The Times
'Enter DI Ray Drake, the flawed, sharply drawn lead of this promising new series. The author has an unerring ability to give incidents a biting sense of reality.' Sunday Times (Crime Club Best Debuts of the Year)
'As poignant as it is gripping.' Sunday Express
'An assured, dark and gritty debut.' Stav Sherez
'An unsettling and powerful story. The plot cleverly weaves past and present – with shocking, edge-of-the-seat twists until its heart-stopping finale.' David Young, author of Stasi Child
'Fiercely fresh and wonderfully written.' SJI Holliday
'A superb final twist.' Morning Star

Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book * Thrillers
02 Feb 2023 * 352pp * £3.99 * 9781837931446
'Grips from the start and never lets up'
The Times
'A delight of a book that wreaks havoc with your assumptions in a delicious Highsmithian manner. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him'
Alex Marwood
'I loved Two O'Clock Boy! It's gripping and scary and twisty and unpredictable'
Valentina Giambanco
'At a stroke, Mark Hill has joined the upper echelons of London crime writers'
Barry Forshaw, Crime Time
'Ambitiously complex and compelling, Two O'Clock Boy left me deliciously uncomfortable and blindsided by that final twist!'
Angela Clarke
'Two O'Clock Boy is surely going to be the hardest debut of 2017 to beat. What a story and what a superb writer!'
Alex Gray
'A compelling read, packed with unexpected twists and explosive secrets, that builds to a shocking and unforgettable climax. A fantastic debut'
Rod Reynolds
'Mark Hill has written a brilliant debut with characters that linger in the subconscious long after reading. I devoured Two O'Clock Boy and can't wait to see what he does next. He's a real talent'
Steve Cavanagh
'A cracking debut from a talent to watch'
Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle
'Enough cunning plot twists to keep you hooked right up to the nerve-jangling denouement'
Paul Burston
'DI Drake is the flawed detective most of us can only dream of writing'
Isabelle Grey
'Twisty, gripping and gritty, Two O'Clock Boy is an exciting start to a major new crime series'
Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door
Claire Evans, author of The Fourteenth Letter
M.K. Hill
M.K. Hill
M.K. Hill was a journalist and an award-winning music radio producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London. Visit him at
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