How many wrongs will put things right?

Even though he is still young, Kenny has just weeks to live. Before he dies, he wants to find his childhood best friend Callie Barton and thank her for the kindness she showed him when they were at school together.

But when Kenny begins his search, he discovers that Callie Barton has gone missing. Although cleared of any involvement, her husband Jonathan seems to be hiding something.

Kenny has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. And knowing that time is running out on him, he’s prepared to do whatever it takes . . .

Praise and Awards

Finalist, Ngaio Marsh Best Crime Novel Award (NZ) 2011

‘Cross is a wonderful writer . . . Britain’s own Stephen King’

‘Once again, Neil Cross proves that he’s not just a master of suspense, but horror too. Reading his ultra-crisp prose and expertly structured tales, it’s not hard to see why he’s also an uber-successful screenwriter. ‘
Daily Mirror

‘A psychological thriller for which the term ‘page-turner’ might have been coined’

‘Cross’ work is generally very scabrous stuff indeed: blood-boltered, hard-edged and sardonically funny… As in the earlier Burial and Mr In-Between, Cross demonstrates a willingness to plunge into those areas other thriller writers shy away from; while the surface of the book has all the disturbing filigrees one might expect, this book (like its predecessors) is very much a novel of character’
Barry Forshaw, Crime Time

Neil Reads an Excerpt from Captured

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Excerpt from Captured


Kenny wrote the list because he was dying.
Earlier that morning, an MRI scan had revealed that a malignant brain cancer had germinated in the moist secrecy of his skull like a mushroom in compost.

He had six weeks to live, maybe less. Aggressive chemotherapy and a brutal, invasive procedure called a partial resection might extend that by a month. But Kenny didn’t see the point.

So he thanked his doctors, left the hospital and went for a walk.

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Author’s note

I wrote Captured for the same reasons I wrote Burial, and in pretty much the same way — once again, I had a story I wanted to tell and once again, I enjoyed telling it. I liked the idea of exciting people and scaring them and keeping them awake at night.

Captured is too new for me to say much more than that — except: I like this place, this kind of story, and I’m planning on staying a while.


UK Publication Details
ISBN: 978-1-84737-397-7
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 245
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
1st Edition Published: January 2010
Publication Australia & New Zealand
: May 2010
Publication Spain: June 2010

Paperback publication UK
: August 2010
Publication Italy:
October 2010
Publication France:
May 2011
Publication Germany:
August 2011


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