His First Lie




One night changed their lives
Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children's Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home's manager.

Cries in the fire and smoke
Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis' favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried . . . until today.

A truth both must hide
Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O'Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it take to stop the murders - but he will go even further to cover up the truth.

Discover the gripping, twist-filled start to a fantastic new London-set crime thriller series starring morally corrupt DI Ray Drake - the perfect new addiction for fans of Luther...   

'A delight of a book that wreaks havoc with your assumptions in a delicious Highsmithian manner. Hill has a hell of a career ahead of him.'

Alex Marwood, author of The Darkest Secret

'Surely the hardest debut of 2017 to beat. What a story and what a superb writer!'

Alex Gray, author of Keep The Midnight Out

'Ray Drake is the best noir hero I have read in years. His First Lie is a rich, vivid and textured story with an astounding twist.'

Isabelle Grey, author of The Special Girls                                                                             

'Enter DI Ray Drake, the flawed, sharply-drawn lead of this promising new series. The author has an unerring ability to give incidents a biting sense of reality.'

Sunday Times Crime Club, Best Debuts of the Year

Ambitiously complex and compelling, His First Lie left me deliciously uncomfortable and blindsided by that final twist!'

Angela Clarke, author of Watch Me

'Mark Hill has written a brilliant debut with characters that linger in the subconscious long after reading. I devoured His First Lie and can't wait to see what he does next. He's a real talent.'

Steve Cavanagh, author of The Plea

'Utterly gripping, packed with unforgettable characters – and SO well-written. The twists had me reeling! You'd never guess it was a first novel.'

Louise Voss, author of the Venus Trap

'Enough cunning plot twists to keep you hooked right up to the nerve-jangling denouement.'

Paul Burston, author of The Black Path

'The pace accelerates to full throttle, propelling you into the edge-of-the-seat showdown and shocking revelations. His First Lie is a masterful debut.'

Steph Broadribb, author of Deep Down Dead 

An assured, dark and gritty debut, marking the start of what looks like a great series.'

Stav Sherez, author of A Dark Redemption

'I loved His First Lie! It's gripping and scary and twisty and unpredictable.'

Valentina Giambanco, author of Blood And Bone

'What a book, what an ending!'

Matt Wilkinson, Heart FM 

'Mark Hill's debut is a slick and gritty page turner that expertly examines the lengths people will go to to hide a guilty secret. It's a compelling read, packed with unexpected twists and explosive secrets, that builds to a shocking and unforgettable climax. A fantastic debut.'

Rod Reynolds, author of The Dark Inside

β€˜An unsettling and powerful story. The plot cleverly weaves past and present - with shocking, edge-of-the-seat twists until its heart-stopping finale.'

David Young, author of Stasi Child

'Twisty, gripping and gritty, His First Lie is an exciting start to a major new crime series.’

Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door

'Fiercely fresh and wonderfully written. DI Drake is a marvellous creation and I can't wait to read more.'

SJI Holliday, author of Willow Walk

'A cracking debut from a talent to watch.'

Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

'A superb final twist!'

Morning Star

A great twist and a whole host of flawed characters. What more can a fan of crime fiction ask for?'

Karin Salvalaggio, author of Silent Rain