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The Earthquake Bird

By Susanna Jones

Published May 2001

The Earthquake Bird reveals a murder on its first page and takes its readers into the mind of the chief suspect, Lucy Fly – a young vulnerable English girl living and working in Tokyo as a translator. As Lucy is interrogated by the police she reveals her past to the reader, and it is a past which is dangerously ambiguous and compromising…

Why did Lucy leave England ten years before, and what exactly had prompted her so sever all links with her family? She was the last person to see the murdered girl alive, so why was she not more forthcoming about the circumstances of their last meeting? As Lucy’s story unfolds, it emerges that secrets, both past and present, obsess her waking life.

Winner of the 2001 CWA John Creasey Award for Best First Crime Novel, and a Betty Trask Award, The Earthquake Bird is now a Netflix film/