Ex-con Jason Carr has faced down the toughest thugs in Cardiff, but being assistant to a brilliant, eccentric hacker who hasn’t been outdoors in ten years has its own challenges. Still, he and Amy Lane can solve cases even the cops can’t crack. And when a corpse washes up on a beach, Jason can’t resist chasing the clues—or defying Amy by infiltrating the very gangs he once escaped.
Amy is distraught when Jason’s pursuit gets him framed for murder. He’s thrown back in prison where he’s vulnerable to people who want him dead. He needs Amy to prove his innocence. Fast.
But Amy hasn’t been honest with him—her panic attacks aren’t getting better. And now, with everything that makes her feel safe ripped away, she must stand alone, using her technological skills to expose a baffling conspiracy and a new kind of online crime. Can she clear Jason’s name before danger closes in?
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About the Author:
Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home.
Her first short film Dragon Chasers aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. She co-wrote the ground-breaking series of short films The Underwater Realm. Her debut novel Binary Witness was published by Carina Press in May 2014.
Between writing and medicine, she blogs about psychiatry and psychology for writers in her Freudian Script series, advocating for accurate and sensitive portrayals of people with mental health problems in fiction.
Currently exiled to London to train in psychiatry, she lives with her journalist husband and their pet hedgehog.
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Crime Cymraeg: Why Wales makes for the perfect murder
What led me to set a series of mysteries in Wales, the small pregnant bump of the stooped woman that is the United Kingdom? Cardiff is better known as the home of Doctor Who and Torchwood, so why set murders in Welsh capital?
In Binary Witness, the first book in The Amy Lane Mysteries, a serial killer is stalking students. It’s a plot seen in every American detective drama since the genre began. But what makes it different in Wales is the scarcity. Wales has a murder rate of three people per year! The UK has only one or two serial killers per decade. These murders would make national news and the police force would be completely out of their depth, more used to domestic crimes and gang boys causing mischief.
And Cardiff is a small city. It feels more like a sprawling town, distinctive districts growing out of villages that have all merged together over time. Everybody knows everybody in Cardiff’s criminal underworld and the police suspect them all, having nicked them as young kids shoplifting to catching them dealing drugs down the dodgier streets. It’s exactly that incestuous nature that gets Jason Carr in trouble in Code Runner – when he’s fitted up for murder, everyone knows his reputation and no one except Amy Lane is willing to prove his innocence.