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  • Published: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448163304
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

Long Way Home


A man is burnt alive in a shed.
No witnesses, no fingerprints - only a positive ID of the victim as an immigrant with a long list of enemies.

Detectives Zigic and Ferreira are called in from the Hate Crimes Unit to track the killer, and are met with silence in a Fenland community ruled by slum racketeers, people-trafficking gangs and fear.

Tensions rise.
The clock is ticking.
But nobody wants to talk.

  • Pub date: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448163304
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

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 Shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she was just a teenager, the first novels in her series starring two detectives from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit, Long Way Home and Tell No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 Long Way Home

“A brilliant introduction to a new crime series... The plot is tight, the anger righteous, and the action thrilling”


“The modern scourge of people-trafficking is brilliantly described in this ingenious and compassionate novel”

Sunday Times

“A promising debut that pulls no punches”

Sunday Mirror

“Thrilling, original, so contemporary it feels as if it was written next year. Brilliant”

Denise Mina

“Perceptive and intelligent, with the ring of authenticity”

Laura Wilson, Guardian

“An engaging debut... Assured and delicately written, Dolan paints a nuanced portrait of a detective and a city”

Daily Mail

“A new author to watch... This debut is so impressive”

Matt Thorne, Sunday Express

“Eva Dolan's writing is snappy, confident and sharp as a blade, with a storytelling style that bubbles and fizzes”

Crime Fiction Lover

“Impressive...the clever plot illuminates the social issues and personal despair that often accompany immigration to cities already suffering financial stress”

Marcel Berlins, The Times

“An absorbing, provocative tale… This is an exceptional debut”

Irish Times

“A stunning debut... The subject matter is fascinating, the execution of it is a joy to read”

James Oswald, author of Natural Causes, the winner of the Richard and Judy 2013 Summer Book Club

“Eva Dolan’s debut novel in the increasingly crowded world of crime fiction deserves a little stand-out time… A highly effective and meaty crime novel…complete with twists and turns that genuinely take you by surprise”

Glasgow Sunday Herald

“Long Way Home is one of the strongest debut novels I've read in a long time. Beautifully written and imagined, Dolan renders a previously hidden world alive with compelling detail. Original and gripping, compassionate and salutary, you won't want to stop reading until the final page”

Stav Sherez, author of A Dark Redemption

“A brilliant introduction to a new crime series… The plot is tight, the anger righteous and the action thrilling”

Paul Connolly, Metro

“An absorbing debut detective series. The burnt body of a migrant worker is found and it's up to DI Zigic and DS Ferreira to find out the truth. We loved it – keep an eye out for this author!”


“Cool, confident and classy, Eva Dolan's LONG WAY HOME is a stand out debut that combines intelligent, issue-led crime fiction with a vivid prose style, a compelling plot and a detective duo to root for. Dolan provides a fresh and fascinating insight into a little-known aspect of Modern Britain, and I can't wait to read more of DI Zigic and DS Ferreira in future books”

Chris Ewan

“Long Way Home is a truly exceptional debut crime novel, a perceptive, smart and harrowing look at modern England. Written with great skill, confidence and originality, it feels like a game-changer for twenty-first century British crime fiction”

Doug Johnstone, author of Smokeheads and Hit and Run

“Long Way Home gave me that tingle of excitement that only happens rarely, the feeling I got when I first read George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane - the combination of brilliant writing, a thrilling plot and social heart. I genuinely think it's one of the best debuts I've ever read”

Mark Edwards

“Eva Dolan is the real deal. Plenty of contemporary British crime writers claim to write about the real world but in Dolan's brave, brilliant debut she nails it completely. The Daily Mail will hate it. I loved it.”

Martyn Waites

“A pacy, twisty, compelling and addictive crime thriller - but it's so much more besides. For me, the best experiences in literature are those that take you somewhere you don't know; to people and places you have never encountered. I was hoping for a rattling good page-turner. I wasn't expecting anything quite so profound”

Kevin Sampson

“Eva Dolan’s stunning novel is a gritty and unflinching look into a seedy, violent world that most of us would rather pretend never existed. In DI Zigic and DS Fereira, Dolan has created two authentic and intriguing characters”

Howard Linskey, author of The Drop and The Damage

“Crisp and intelligent writing, strong characters, a great mystery and an engaging style. From the first page, I knew I was in safe hands”

Dan Smith, author of The Child Thief and Red Winter

“An assured and compelling debut that brings multi-cultural Britain vividly to life. I feel I know Zigic and Ferreira, the protagonists of this terrific novel, and look forward to their next outing. I hope I don’t have to wait too long”

Craig Roberston, author of Random and Witness the Dead

“A novel set in Peterborough might not be the most tempting of premises, but this is worth your time detective duo Zigic and Ferreira, Dolan has created two engaging characters. The first of a series, this is a promising debut that pulls no punches”


“With such compelling characters, Dolan breathes new life into the police procedural novel and marks herself out as an exciting writer to watch”

UK Press Syndication

“Dolan's a terrific new talent, and I can't wait to be kept awake by her next novel”

Kate Saunders, Saga

“A great read, a real page turner and a very satisfactory ending”

Jeremy Ransome, Spalding Guardian

“An impressive series debut, and the next book will be eagerly awaited”

Good Book Guide

“Raw and real start to a new series”

Sarah Hilary, Red Online

“What could be standard police procedural stands out for its excellent character work and the timely way it deals with hot-button political topics dominating the headlines”


“The plot is tight, the anger righteous but not worthy, and the action thrilling. Happily she has a new novel out next year”


“Gripping…Excellent book.”

Dorothy Flaxman, Nudge

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