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Author: Helen Giltrow Narrator: Rachel Atkins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9780553399769
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A dark, ultra-contemporary, and relentlessly paced debut thriller about a London society woman trying to put her secret criminal past behind her, and the hit man who comes to her with an impossible job she can't refuse.

Charlotte Alton is an elegant socialite. But behind the locked doors of her sleek, high-security apartment in London's Docklands, she becomes Karla. Karla's business is information. Specifically, making it disappear. She's the unseen figure who, for a commanding price, will cover a criminal's tracks. A perfectionist, she's only made one slip in her career—several years ago she revealed her face to a man named Simon Johanssen, an ex-special forces sniper turned killer-for-hire. After a mob hit went horrifically wrong, Johanssen needed to disappear, and Karla helped him. He became a regular client, and then, one day, she stepped out of the shadows for reasons unclear to even herself. Now, after a long absence, Johanssen has resurfaced with a job, and he needs Karla's help again. The job is to take out an inmate—a woman—inside an experimental prison colony. But there's no record the target ever existed. That's not the only problem: the criminal boss from whom Johanssen has been hiding is incarcerated there. That doesn't stop him. It's Karla's job to get him out alive, and to do that she must uncover the truth. Who is this woman? Who wants her dead? Is the job a trap for Johanssen or for her? But every door she opens is a false one, and she's getting desperate to protect a man—a killer—to whom she's inexplicably drawn. Written in stylish, sophisticated prose, The Distance is a tense and satisfying debut in which every character, both criminal and law-abiding, wears two faces, and everyone is playing a double game. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fast, hard, and very, very good. Lee Child, internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers
  • It doesn't get more satisfyingly high-concept than Helen Giltrow's ithe Distance, a hair-raising expedition into a dark world of layered duplicities, captured with stylish prose and a breakneck pace. Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident
  •  “A truly unusual thriller set in the world of espionage, this is a terrific debut . . . Original and thought-provoking.  Mirror (UK)
  • In British author Giltrow’s riveting debut, the rich sophisticated Charlotte Alton is the alter ego of Karla, who operates a high-tech information network. Eight years earlier, Karla established a new identity for Simon Johanssen, a hit man fleeing gangster John Quillan. Now Johanssen wants her help infiltrating the Program, a prisoner-run society in a heavily guarded London neighborhood...the attraction between him and Karla, as well as other unexpected connections between damaged characters, add depth to an already satisfying read. Publishers Weekly
  • “A truly unusual thriller set in the world of espionage, this is a terrific debut... Original and thought-provoking.”

    Sunday Mirror (London)

  • “Riveting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Rachel Atkins lifts this mystery from good to compelling through her terse performance…Atkins knows how to build tension. Her performance is almost abrupt, a tone that is perfect for this suspenseful, action-driven thriller. She also uses accents to good effect. Her versions of the villains are terrifying—a true mark of performing excellence.”

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  • “Charlotte Alton is leading a double life. A prominent London socialite, she is also known in criminal circles as Karla, a fixer who specializes in information of the most sinister kind…Most of the characters in this highly layered story are duplicitous, but despite the narrative’s complexity, Giltrow keeps it tight and moving. The graphic violence and torture has this thriller bordering on horror, like the work of Chelsea Cain.”

    Booklist

  • A September 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Helen Giltrow is a former bookseller and freelance editor whose writing has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award and the Daily Telegraph’s Novel in a Year Competition in the United Kingdom. She lives in Oxford, England. The Distance is her first novel.

About the Narrator

Anne de Courcy is the author of many widely acclaimed works of social history and biography, including 1939: The Last Season, Margot at War, The Fishing Fleet, The Viceroy’s Daughters, and Debs at War. Her books Diana Mosley and Snowdon: The Biography became the bases for television documentaries, and The Husband Hunters has been optioned for a feature film.