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The Private Enemy

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Nicola L. C. Talbot
Crime / speculative fiction
Word Count:
136,000 (approximate)
Second Edition:
978-1-909440-10-4 (paperback). RRP £8.99. 10pt font (TeX Gyre Termes) on cream paper. 120mm (W) x 190mm (H) x 25mm (D). Publication date: 30th September 2017.
Ebook Edition:
978-1-909440-08-1. RRP $3.99. Publication date: 31st January 2016.
First Edition (Out of Print):
978-1-909440-05-0 (paperback). RRP £12.00. 11pt font (TeX Gyre Termes) on cream paper. 140mm (W) x 216mm (H) x 32mm (D). Publication date 30th September 2014. (Revised first edition 2015.) This edition is now out of print.
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In the Fenland area of Norfolk, the last Earl of Wynherne is found dead on the study floor of his Gothic mansion. His daughter is missing, having run off after stabbing the seemingly respectable Mr Allerton in the leg. Detective Inspector Charles Hadley and his partner Detective Sergeant Sarah Fenning are called in to investigate, but in this retro world of gangsters and corrupt city police a wrong move could destroy the fragile alliances and trigger war after thirty years of uneasy peace.

This novel is set in a future where the Anti-Technology League collide with demands to restore former levels of technology, rival gangsters battle for dominance, and government agencies are determined to reinforce their message that the world is united in peace and prosperity — by any means necessary. Into this mix comes the last of the Coulgranes of Wynherne, hell-bent on revenge.

First Edition

The first edition paperback (ISBN 978-1-909440-05-0, 11pt font on cream paper, width 140mm, height 216mm, spine 32mm, published 30th September 2014) is now out of print. The second edition has a smaller font (10pt), smaller page size and is more compact. This has brought the print cost down, which in turn has brought down the retail price from £12 to £8.99.

Events and Promotions

Competition (Closing Date 2015-04-30)

Congratulations to the four winners (names disclosed where permission given) who were from:
  • Czech Republic—Tomas Hejda
  • Paris, France—Guillaume Moreno
  • Germany
  • Brazil—Paulo Cereda
Thank you to everyone who took part.

Book Launch

The book launch will be at Jarrold Department Store, Norwich on 30th October 2014, from 6pm (store closes at 7pm). Tickets are free and can be requested through Jarrold's. Ordering a ticket helps to give an estimate of expected numbers.

You can reserve copies of the book to collect on the day in case there's a sell-out before you arrive. To reserve copies, send me a message via the contact form specifying how many copies you want to reserve and what name to reserve them under. The location is a short walk from the Castle Meadow bus stops. Norwich is on the Abellio Greater Anglia intercity train service from London Liverpool Street, and also on the East Midlands Line from Liverpool Lime Street. (Take care not to confuse those two stations as they are over 200 miles apart!) The Norwich International Airport has direct flights from Amsterdam, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and various other locations. Harwich International Port has ferry services to and from the Hook of Holland and North Europe. Train travel from the Harwich International Rail Station to Norwich requires a change at Manningtree.

Norwich is England's first UNESCO City of Literature. There are plenty of interesting things to see while your visiting Norwich, such as The Forum, the Norwich Playhouse, the John Jarrold Printing Museum, the Sainsbury's Centre for Visual Arts, the Norwich Arts Centre, or have a look at the Norfolk Tourist Information website for other ideas.