"THE SADDEST SOUND"
A novel by DEBORAH DELANO
A5 perfect bound — 270pp
In the late twentieth century, a misogynistic serial killer menaces a northern English city. He’s not a random maniac but a deadly product of his time and culture. This is the story of the women entangled in this web of insanity: not victims but visionaries.
Praise for The Saddest Sound
“I started this book as a favour and I finished it as a compulsion. Deborah Delano, in her strikingly sure-footed debut, brings a fresh contemporary female voice to English Crime. Compassionately observed characters, an insightful grasp of period and landscape, and a fine touch with the dreadful and unsettling conspire to make The Saddest Sound the most involving novel of its kind that you will read this year. An impressive introduction to an impressive new author.”
Alan Moore (Writer- Watchmen, V for Vendetta, etc)
“Arsey lesbian prossies combine with loveable radfems to reclaim 1980s northern British streets from the predatory overshadowing of a misogynistic killer. A moving and authentic story of female grit and resistance to violence told with insight, candour and humour. Recommended”. A. William James (Writer- Book Thirteen, Hellblazer etc)
“I thought it was a thrilling and genuinely frightening debut novel... I read it in one greedy sitting” Jude Ramsdale (Assistant head teacher and head of English - Haslingden High School)
“Every so often a book jemmies into a genre, breaking it open to replace worn mechanisms and follies of the old form, while establishing afresh the possibilities of a greater truth that lie within. Deborah Delano's The Saddest Sound does this to the house of detective fiction... and it's about time.” Alistair Fruish (Writer - Kiss My Asbo)
“A dark novel set in the gritty north, The Saddest Sound reminds us that homophobia, prejudice and poverty are not as distant past as we think…Grabs you right to the end”. Jan Stevenson – Web Designer)