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"Best Crime Novel of 2016" "Thrilling, dangerous, always on the edge." "I loved the ending. A must read."
Laura Romano is a dishonored cop and an addict. After being sold out by her biker boyfriend, she’s reassigned to Tunnel Island, a tropical paradise with a dark, seedy underbelly. When the son of an influential politician turns up dead, Romano teams up with a hard-nosed sheriff to investigate.
As the clues point to a pair of junkies from the island’s south side, Romano knows there are too many loose ends to let the case go. What she doesn’t realize is that someone on the island knows the truth about the case. Someone who will stop at nothing to keep the truth a secret…
Drainland is the first book in a new series of crime mysteries. If you like hardboiled female protagonists, gritty crime mysteries, and a dash of tropical paradise, then you’ll love Iain Ryan’s fast-paced page-turner.
The Tunnel Island Series:
Book 0 (Prequel): Four Days, out now.
Book 1: Drainland, out now.
Book 2: Harsh Recovery, out now.
Book 3: Civil Twilight, out March 7th, 2017.
(Taken from The Grim Reader)
Let me start by asking why crime fiction? What is it about the genre that compels you to write these stories?
It’s what I know as a reader, that’s the main thing. But the great thing about crime fiction is that it’s such a broad umbrella. It seems to always provide some sort of context for what I want to write.
What or who are some of your influences when writing?
Iain: I went to a rural university and I had lots of down time. I started reading a lot of fiction. For whatever reason, the first book I picked up was Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. That’s a surprisingly noir novel for a mainstream bestseller. That got me interested. About a year later – after dozens of fairly routine crime potboilers – I picked up a copy of a magazine and for some reason there was an article in there about The Most Violent Fiction (or something like that). That introduced me to Bret Easton Ellis and James Ellroy and twenty years later, they remain two of my primary influences.
Tell us about your latest release…
Iain: Drainland is set twenty years after my debut Four Days, with some of the same characters. It’s a fairly dark, fairly brutal police procedural set on a fictional island off Australia’s east coast....Drainland draws in a lot things I love: Frank Miller’s Sin City, James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet, J.G. Ballard’s off-kilter settings, Ian Fleming’s tropics and so on.