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Author(s): Denver Murphy

Location(s): St Albans

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): present

A young detective becomes enveloped in a fight between justice and revenge

The investigation into a rape on a housing estate nosedives when those responsible are murdered by vigilantes.

Having promised the victim to bring the men to justice, Detective Constable Ruby Knight must now find their killers.

But the local community is at best uncooperative, at worst a powder keg that could blow at any moment.

With conflicting sentiments about her task and track record of rubbing people up the wrong way, DC Ruby Knight should be treading carefully.

Yet with a new DCI to impress, and her work under review, Ruby needs results.

What lines will she cross to win trust within the community and bring the vigilantes to justice before they strike again?

BORDERLINE is the last book in a series of four crime fiction titles set in St Albans in the heart of England, about a young black woman detective’s first years in CID.

The full list of books is as follows:


DENVER MURPHY is the author of the best-selling DSI Jeffrey Brandt serial killer trilogy CAT AND MOUSE, available separately as the three titles: ONE STEP AHEAD, HIDE AND SEEK, and SMOKE AND MIRRORS.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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