Author Event – The Ballad of Hanging Lees
Tuesday 25th October 7pm-8.30pm, doors will open at 6.30pm. Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite or through your local library.
Author David Nolan’s ‘Manc Noir’ thrillers are all set in the North West, all named after real life bodies of water and all based on events he experienced as a journalist.
His latest book, The Ballad of Hanging Lees, is a revenge thriller set in the dark world of online grooming. The illustrations for the book were done by Ramsbottom artist Lucy Milburn.
His previous books – Black Moss and The Mermaid’s Pool – have tackled child protection and the rise of the Far Right.
David became a fiction writer by accident after a successful run of music biographies, including books on Tony Wilson, the Sex Pistols and Ed Sheeran. But a crime from his own childhood changed all that.
The Ballad of Hanging Lees
In Manchester, vigilantes are setting traps online to expose sexual predators… and once they have a suspect in their sights they’re taking the law into their own hands, acting as judge, jury and executioner.
When the suicide of a troubled woman near to Hanging Lees Reservoir implicates an old friend, reporter Danny Johnston has no choice but to investigate.
As more bodies are discovered Danny finds himself being pulled deeper and deeper into a case whose roots date back decades, and as he tries to uncover the truth he begins to be haunted by horrifying dreams of his own.
A terrible secret, kept for more than 40 years is about to change everything.
In the final act of David Nolan’s Manc Noir trilogy, The Ballad of Hanging Lees will play us out… then fade to black.
Praise for David Nolan
A dark but compelling novel very much rooted in fact – I LOVE Manchester
Author David Nolan has used his memories of the 1990 Strangeways riots as a backdrop to his debut novel and channelled his anger about a Manchester murder that shocked the nation – Manchester Evening News
Dark, brooding, angry – very angry at times. A compelling mystery with a social conscience – It’s An Indie Book Blog