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The Haunting of Harry Payne

Ex-London gangster Harry Payne leaves prison having served ten years for the murder of his gang boss and closest friend, Eugene McCann.  

Retiring to a small village in Norfolk to care for his vulnerable wife Susan, Harry believes he has finally left his violent past behind.  Instead, he becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome occult murders.

As the terrified villagers fear the return of the ghostly "White Lady of Rayleton", the embittered but brilliant DI David Bracken and DS Belinda Churchill target Harry.  
Meanwhile the body count is rising.
However, unknown to anyone, Harry has psychic abilities he has always suppressed with alcohol. Now he must confront the supernatural and his own demons to save Susan and free the tormented souls of the ghosts that haunt him.

When Harry saves reluctant occult expert Angela Chasten from the White Lady, they set out to trap her in her lair where Harry discovers the shocking truth about the vengeful ghost and the thin divide between life and death. 

With the lives of Bracken, Churchill, Angela and Susan in his hands Harry must make the ultimate sacrifice in a thrilling confrontation set in the darkness between this world and the next.
The first in a new series: THE RAYLETON CHRONICLES

“There’s more to death than dying”



I wonder sometimes if writing is a variety of controlled schizophrenia or perhaps a more commercial version of channeling. I hear the voices of lots of characters in my head almost all the time, rather like that superb picture of Charles Dickens surrounded by all his characters. For example, at the moment a pair of elderly combative knights of the realm are having scientific arguments in my head in beautifully orotund tones and they aren't scheduled to turn up until the third BLACK SHUCK book, two down the line from where I am right now. Imagine Simon Callow versus Brian Blessed and you get a taste of what I hear. I suspect I'm being not-so-gently encouraged to launch on that multi-book saga immediately after HARRY PAYNE or I'll go slowly mad, or in the case of Brian Blessed, deaf. - John Mangan 21/09/12



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