White Rabbit by K.A.Laity
Cover art by S.L.Johnson
Sometimes the shadows that haunt us
‘Nothing?’ My client, a wan young man of indeterminate age, looked displeased but unsurprised. Such low expectations deserved disappointment.
‘Apologies for the interruption,’ I murmured, getting up and crossing to the door where my protégé continued to pound with insane enthusiasm. I jerked it open, catching his fist in mid-air and twisting it sharply.
‘I’m with a client,’ I said through clenched teeth, shoving his hand away from me. ‘What have we said about interrupting me with clients?’ I turned around to smile at the pale young man with the doughy face. ‘I don’t want to be interrupted. Each client is important.’
Jinx winced. Then he leaned forward to indicate we were to confer privately. The effect would have been improved had his breath not stunk of the cheap kidney pie he’d consumed earlier, or if his pasty white face did not resemble an emotionally-stunted panda’s second cousin. I could have done without his presence altogether at that moment. Then he handed me the scrawled note that would change my life.
In his untidy slant appeared the words, ‘Peaches Dockmuir.’
Best Selling Crime Writer, Richard & Judy Summer Read Winner James Oswald on White Rabbit:
‘Being a fan of mashing up genres myself, I was of course delighted to see someone else playing fast and loose with things. The central idea of the story – a real psychic pretending to be a fake – is delicious, too. The mystery was deftly played with just the right balance of action and character interplay to keep me turning the pages. The seedy side of London is nicely worked as well – not too threatening, as befits the style of book, but still gritty enough. The cast of supporting characters are nicely drawn, too. Kate writes with a fluid, easy to read style.’
Alasdair Stuart : This is supernatural fiction mixed with noir, coffee and incense, whiskey and blood, all swirled together in a novel that’s compact, punchy fun. Life is messy, death is too.
Antonio Urias : White Rabbit is fast paced, pitch perfect noir with a well-developed fantasy world and tight characterization. Highly enjoyable.
Crimeculture : Laity’s writing is punchy and readable and she has a knack for slang and banter. The whole style of the genre mash-up keeps the reader on their toes, because with noir, the supernatural and the Carroll-bunny theme all in play, we never know what’s coming next.
Tony Lane : This book is crime noir, but not as you know it. Nothing in this book is as it first seems. It has more levels than Chuckie Egg. For example the main character is a fake psychic detective, except he isn’t either.