White Rabbit

White Rabbit

White Rabbit by K.A.Laity
Cover art by S.L.Johnson

Sometimes the shadows that haunt us 

           are what lead us back to the light
Disgraced former police detective James Draygo has sunk as low as his habit allows, working as a fake psychic despite his very real talents. When a media mogul’s trashy trophy wife gets gunned down at his tapping table he has to decide whether he can straighten up long enough to save his own skin. He may not have a choice with Essex’s loudest ghost bawling in his ear about cults, conspiracies and cut-rate drugs. Oblivion sounds better all the time…

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Opening Paragraphs of White Rabbit
I was logging some mileage in the luminiferous ether when an urgent knocking derailed my concentration. Cursing Jinx’s name—he ought to know better by now—I tried to ignore the hammering, but I was already back-pedalling in weird space and falling up the rabbit hole into the blinking light.
‘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.
He whimpered.
‘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.’
Net Galley: “It reads like the unholy bastard lovechild of Bertie Wooster and Harry Dresden on speed.” 

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Amazon: “The author has a wonderful sense of humor and the ability to make her lead character crazy with sane overtones so I could sympathize with him and even understand his lyrical and literary references. Even Abelard and Heloise get a quick mention so that should tell you how far afield you can expect to go.
Paul D. Brazill says, “White Rabbit is a marvelous and potent cocktail of crime fiction, screwball comedy and the supernatural. A cracking yarn choc full of brilliant lines that reminds you of Wodehouse, Preston Sturges and the Coen Brothers and yet is like nothing you’ve ever read before. Fantastic stuff. More please!

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.

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