Cold Crash – Jennifer Young
For archaeologist Maxine ‘Max’ Falkland, life in early-50s London is difficult enough as she tries to move on from the death of her brother, an RAF pilot shot down over Korea. But, when she meets John Knox things get more complicated — before they get outright dangerous.
Flying her light plane to Scotland, Max overhears whispered arguments in Russian coming from the next-door room and sees lights across the moors that appear to answer flashes from the sea. Add the mysterious malfunction of her plane and she has a lot to confide when she encounters the enigmatic Richard Ash, a local landowner and recluse.
But when Knox unexpectedly reappears and a dive goes disastrously wrong, Max must act fast as she finds herself in the middle of a Soviet military plot.
An accomplished debut novel from a US voice writing in the UK, Cold Crash is fast-paced with enthralling characters and perfect detail, the first in a series of Max Falkland novels, The Running Lie is also available from Cinnamon Press and the concluding book, A Little Switch, will be published in 2022.
Jennifer Young was born in a small textile mill town in North Carolina, and she moved to the UK in 2001. She is Head of Writing and Journalism at Falmouth University. She lives in Cornwall with her daughter. She is currently working on a novel about the Knox family, set in the winter of 1941.