The Redeemed is the third thrilling installment in the Jenny Cooper series, published in the UK on 1 April 2011.
M R Hall is privileged to be published in hardcover under Macmillan’s exclusive new imprint, Mantle.
“Dad, what happened to Cousin Katy?”
“You remember, Smiler. You killed her.”
Coroner Jenny Cooper doesn’t just have an accusation of murder hanging over her head...
The discovery of a dead man lying outside a Bristol church with a sign of the cross gouged into his flesh looks to her like another grisly, routine suicide. But the unexpected arrival of an enigmatic Jesuit priest reveals deeper levels of mystery.
Father Lucas Starr is protesting the innocence of a convicted prisoner who made a doubtful confession to the murder of Eva Donaldson, a former adult-movie actress turned world-renowned anti-pornography campaigner. Persuaded by him to look at Eva’s death afresh, Jenny uncovers a sinister series of connections between her killing and the body at the church.
As her investigation links to yet another tragic death, Jenny’s suspicions turn towards a powerful new global phenomenon: the politically ambitious and intoxicatingly charismatic Mission Church of God.
Answering to no one but the dead, Jenny’s lone quest for justice takes her to the heart of the fight between good and evil, sex and the supernatural, and on a dark inner journey to confront ghosts that have haunted her for a lifetime.
About the Author
Matthew Hall (born 1 May 1967) is a screenwriter and novelist. He is sometimes credited as M.R. Hall. M R Hall lives and works in the Wye valley in South Wales.
Hall was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford (1985–88) where he graduated in law. He was called to the Bar in 1990 and practised as a barrister at 5, King's Bench Walk before becoming a full time writer in 1995.
He began his television career writing episodes of Kavanagh QC. In 1996/7 he created and wrote the legal series Wing and a Prayer which ran for two seasons and was the first drama production aired by the newly formed Channel 5. The series was nominated for a BAFTA in the best TV series category in 1997.
Hall's other screen credits include episodes of BBC1's Dalziel and Pascoe, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Life Support and Holby City. ITV credits include episodes of A&E, Foyle's War, Blue Murder and the 2003 single film Loving You. He was the co-creator and lead writer of the BBC1 series New Street Law which aired in 2006/7.
Together with the screenwriter and novelist GF Newman he founded the production company One Eyed Dog, most notable for producing Judge John Deed for BBC1.
Hall's first novel, The Coroner, was published by PanMacmillan in 2009. His second novel, The Disappeared, was published in January 2010 in the UK and in December 2009 in the USA. The Coroner was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger awarded to the best crime novel of 2009. His third novel, The Redeemed, is published by PanMacmillan in April 2011.