A body is found hanging on a hook above the canals of Amsterdam's old town, a mobile phone forced into the victim's mouth.
Jake Woodhouse has worked as a musician, winemaker and entrepreneur. He now lives in London with his wife and their young gundog. Before the Dawn is the third thriller in his Amsterdam Quartet series, following After the Silence and Into the Night.
Utterly enthralling ... looks set to be one of the key sequences in
modern crime fiction -- Barry Forshaw * Crimetime *
This is a great debut * Crime Fiction Lover *
This gripping detective novel will thrill fans of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and bears comparison to Fatherland ... Utterly unputdownable * The Sun *
Complex ... intriguing ... keeps the reader hooked * Eurocrime *
Does for Amsterdam what Rankin did for Edinburgh ... a rich cast of characters, a sinewy, complex plot and a starring role for Amsterdam are the highlights of this brilliant debut ... a great read * Crime Thriller Hound *
So fast it leaves tyre tracks. From the shocking first pages to the final paragraph the tension remains and never lets up for a single moment ... disturbing, claustrophobic and utterly thrilling * Crime Squad *
After the Silence is as dark and twisty as the Amsterdam it navigates and Rykel a fascinating and original protagonist. A promising start to what could be a great series. -- Stav Sherez, author of A Dark Redemption
Jake Woodhouse's taut, twisty plots are expertly woven and beautifully written. They are peopled with complex characters that will have you turning the pages to see what becomes of them. He has created a flawed gem in Inspector Jaap Rykel, a cop with an assured literary future -- Craig Robertson, author of Witness the Dead and The Last Refuge