The Recruit

Alan Drew

RRP: £14.99

7 July 2022

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786493729

RRP: £5.99

7 July 2022

Published by Corvus

ISBN: 9781786493736

‘Extraordinary! The plot speeds like a race car on a breathtaking course filled with twists and turns . . . and brims with rich psychological insights’ JEFFERY DEAVER

‘Alan Drew paints such a vivid portrait of a seedy world, you’re convinced you’d never want to visit it. Yet as the story tightens its grip, you soon realize you can’t bear to leave’ GRAHAM MOORE

A detective on the hunt to solve a series of hate crimes stumbles upon a network of white supremacists hiding in the shadows of his quiet hometown in this gripping thriller.

Rancho Santa Elena in 1987 seems like the ideal Southern California paradise-that is, until a series of strange crimes threatens to unravel the town’s social fabric: workers attacked with mysterious weapons; a wealthy real estate developer found dead in the pool of his beach house. The only clues are poison and red threads found at both crime scenes. As Detective Benjamin Wade and forensic expert Natasha Betencourt struggle to connect the incidents, they begin to wonder: Why Santa Elena? And why now?

Soon Ben zeroes in on a vicious gang of youths involved in the town’s burgeoning white power movement. As he and Natasha uncover the truth about Santa Elena’s unsavoury underbelly, Ben discovers that the group is linked to a much wider terror network, one that’s using a new technology called the internet to spread its ideology, plan attacks, and lure young men into doing its bidding. Ben closes in on identifying the gang’s latest target, hoping that the young recruit will lead him to the mastermind of the growing network. But as he digs deeper in an ever-widening investigation, Ben is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about himself and his beloved community, where corruption is ignored and prejudice is wielded against fellow citizens without fear of reprisal.

Chilling and timely, The Recruit follows one man’s descent into the darkness lurking just beneath the respectable veneer of modern life.


‘Everything a great thriller should be’ LEE CHILD

Revises the old detective story and turns it in several fascinating directions’ COLUM MCCANN

‘A clarity and wisdom reminiscent of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch’ DAILY MAIL

Smart, chilling, and impossible to put down’ WILLIAM LANDAY

‘The sort of magically absorbing novel that keeps you turning the pages and checking the locks on the door’ LAUREN GRODSTEIN