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Holly Smale

Chris Merritt graduated with a Double First from Oxford University before joining the Foreign Office, working as a diplomat in Iraq and Jerusalem. He is now a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and divides his time between practice in the NHS and an African mental health research project at King’s College London. He is the author of several academic papers and psychology blogs covering topics such as trauma, technology, and parkour. He lives in South London.

Bookouture signed a three-book deal in 2017 for his debut detective thriller series set in London. The series follows British-Ghanaian Met detective Zac Boateng and his pursuit of the man responsible for killing his daughter. The first book, The Murder List, was published in March 2018, with two further titles scheduled for 2018-2019.

Audible contracted audio rights to the trilogy and will release The Murder List in 2018.

Film/TV rights to the Boateng trilogy were optioned by Eleventh Hour Films in 2017.


The Murder List
How far would you go to avenge the murder of someone you love?

Detective Inspector Zac Boateng of London’s Met Police still grieves for his daughter Amelia, whose killer was never caught.

Five years after her death, Boateng investigates the brutal murder of a Police informant. Granted access to the Met’s secret archives, he discovers a new lead on Amelia.

When Boateng learns that his colleagues may have obstructed the inquiry into her death, he sets out alone to find her killer.

Meanwhile the informant’s murderer is hunting his next victim, and Boateng must solve both crimes before anyone else is added to the murder list…

This title is available as an e-book via the following links:
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BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Murder List, Audible 2018, Bookouture, 2018.