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  • Published: 7 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473523135
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

After You Die

A mother is murdered and a daughter left for dead in the latest in Eva Dolan’s critically acclaimed series

DS Ferreira is back on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty. The first case to land on her desk takes her and DI Zigic to a brutal crime scene where a woman has been stabbed to death and her disabled daughter left to starve upstairs.

The murdered woman is Dawn Prentice – a woman who had come to Ferreira for help when she and her daughter were being subjected to harassment.

As Ferreira battles her demons and Zigic clashes with another officer, the detectives realise that the Prentice case rests on one crucial question – who was the real target of the killer: mother or daughter?

'Elegantly crafted, humane and thought-provoking. She’s top drawer'
Ian Rankin
'Hard-hitting, tragic, compelling and timely'
Daily Express
'A hard-boiled, fast-paced mystery with a tight ring of suspects'
Irish Times
'The authority of Dolan's writing grows from book to book'
Financial Times

  • Pub date: 7 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473523135
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the Author

Eva Dolan

Eva Dolan is an Essex-based copywriter and intermittently successful poker player. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she was just a teenager, the first novels in her series starring two detectives from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit, Long Way Home and Tell No Tales were published to widespread critical acclaim. Tell No Tales was shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year and the third in the series, After You Die, was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger.

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Praise for After You Die

“Elegantly crafted, humane and thought-provoking. She’s top drawer”

Ian Rankin

“So fluid and easy to read, and her characters are becoming like old friends now”

James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector Maclean series

“Excellent... a masterfully written whodunnit... Eva Dolan has positioned herself firmly at the top table of contemporary British crime writers.”


“A thoughtful and contemporary thriller”

Deirdre O’Brien, Sunday Mirror

“The authority of Dolan’s writing grows from book to book”

Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

“[Dolan] is able to tackle sensitive subjects without sensationalism”

Joan Smith, Sunday Times, Crime Book of the Month

“One to watch for as missing this would be a crime. ... I tend not to ‘score’ the majority of my reviews but I do like to flag titles I will rank at 5/5 – After You Die joins that small band of my top rated reads”


“Intelligent and deeply compassionate, shot through with sly humour and never failing to be anything but totally gripping, AFTER YOU DIE is a superb new entry in the DI Zigic and DS Ferreira series that confirms Dolan as one of crime fiction’s brightest rising stars”

Chris Ewan, author of #1 bestseller, Safe House

“Eva Dolan's brilliant Zigic and Ferreira are back. Expect twists, shocks and above all – searing honesty from a writer with an uncanny eye for the truth of what ails us”

Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for Someone Else's Skin

“Another superlative thriller from Eva Dolan. Zigic and Ferreira are fast becoming one of my favourite crime-fighting duos”

Mason Cross, author of The Samaritan

“Starts with a bang and never lets up. After You Die is beautifully-written, hard-hitting and impossible to put down. It cements Eva Dolan's deserved reputation as the brightest new star in the UK's crime fiction firmament ”

Mark Edwards, author of The Magpies and Follow You Home

“A beautiful portrayal of the turmoil that lies beneath the dead calm of small, tight-knit communities”

Marnie Riches

“Eva once again takes us into the dark and tragic world of hate crime. Enthralling and heartbreaking in equal parts, her latest is an absolute must read”

Emma Kavanagh, author of Falling

“Sharp, punchy and right on the money, the genius of Eva Dolan’s work is in the way she shines a light on the country’s marginalised and dispossessed.”

Nick Quantrill

“The DI Zigic and DS Ferreira series just keeps on getting better and better ”

Howard Linskey, author of The Drop and No Name Lane

“Twisty, unsettling, perceptive and humane, this is social-realist crime fiction at its most compelling”

Helen Giltrow, author of The Distance

“Eva Dolan is my kind of writer. In her hands, the mystery novel becomes a tool for counting the cost of crime, and giving voice to those who are being left behind. With After You Die, Dolan proves she’s exactly the kind of writer we need in crime fiction. She speaks for those on the fringes of society”

Jay Stringer

“Angry, driven and entertaining, Dolan's procedurals have become essential reading. Crime writing that makes you feel, then makes you think”

Harry Bingham

“Dolan delivers again. A hard-hitting hate crime mystery, played out by dynamic characters, designed to haunt. After You Die showcases the author's nigh-on-supernatural empathy for a wounded society”

Gerard Brennan, author of Undercover

“After You Die is pacy, suspenseful, and expertly plotted. With a cast of richly drawn characters, it covers some dark and topical issues, which are tackled with understanding and skill. An extremely well-crafted book which confirms Eva Dolan's place as one of our most talented crime writers.”

Amanda Jennings

“Very well-written thriller.”

Jessica Mann, Literary Review

“Hard-hitting, tragic, compelling and timely.”

Jon Coates, Daily Express

“This harrowing plot requires all of Dolan’s skills as a novelist, confirming that she is able to tackle sensitive subjects without sensationalism.”

Joan Smith, Sunday Times

“It’s both a skillfully constructed crime story and a sobering reflection on the extent to which the disabled are the minority to whom we find it all too easy to show a blind eye.”

Mail on Sunday

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