NEWS & REVIEWS
Tom Claver talks to The Dorset Book Detective about his fascination with
detective fiction and dark films and how it influences his writing.
Hider/Seeker now in paperback
After breaking into the top 100 in the Kindle Store on both sides of the
Atlantic, Hider/ Seeker is now available in paperback.
From July 2017 readers can order a physical copy of Tom Claver’s thriller
from Amazon and Troubador for £9.99.
HIDER/SEEKER becomes an Amazon bestseller in the US
Tom Claver’s ebook Hider/Seeker has broken into the top 100 of all ebooks
in the Kindle Store in the US market.
His thriller reached No. 48 in paid for ebooks in the Kindle Store on
Amazon.com on 22 December 2016, and No.3 in Crime Thrillers after John
Grisham’s The Whistler and Rachel Abbott’s Sleep Tight.
Last year, Hider/Seeker broke into Amazon’s British top 100 paid for ebooks
only three months after being published, reaching No.11 in the Kindle Store.
It ranked No.2 in Crime Thrillers in the UK.
Hider/Seeker is a pacy thriller about a likeable maverick who bites off more
than he can chew when he comes to the rescue of a wealthy battered wife.
Harry Bridger makes a living helping people run from their enemies. But
when he arranges for Angela Linehan and her son to disappear abroad from
her violent husband in London, little does he know that his life will depend
on finding her again.
Kirkus Review – Hider/Seeker
An expert at getting people off the grid must find a woman he helped to
disappear in this debut thriller. Harry Bridger is good at tracing debtors,
fraudsters, and missing heirs, but he’s even better at helping people who
want to go missing. Angela Linehan, for example, wants to start a new life for herself and her son away from her powerful, “stinking rich,” and abusive husband, and she’s willing to double Harry’s fee for him to make it happen.
But no sooner does Angela get gone than Harry is plunged into circumstances that noir-fiction fever dreams are made of. For starters, Ed Parker, a childhood friend who connected him with Angela (and who married his ex-wife, Bethany), is found dead. So is Angela’s husband, who was shot with the same gun that killed Parker. Angela’s husband had cautioned him, “The boys in blue have developed bad vibes about you.” So where does this leave Harry? In “a big pile of doo-doo,” as Inspector Wallace Gemmell inelegantly tells him. It’s soon revealed that there are shady deals afoot: millions of dollars are owed to the wrong people, and Harry faces possible dire injury if he doesn’t come up with Angela. The hits just keep on coming (often literally) in Claver’s auspicious British crime thriller. It offers an archetypical flawed hero who has personal issues (a drinking problem, an estranged father, an ex), refuses to “bend with the wind,” and sees things as “either black or white.” Overall, though, it’s an engaging read that manages some surprises amid all the familiar genre tropes. The scenes of physical menace, in particular, are all the more effective in Claver’s elliptical style, such as when Harry mouths off to a henchman: “ ‘So can I go now?’ asked Harry. He forgot to duck.”
A novel about a finder that’s a real find.
The Bookbag reviews Hider/Seeker
I rather enjoyed this twisting, turning thriller. The plot fills the pages extremely well and while it's easy enough to keep up with, it's complex enough to keep you guessing. It's a whirlwind of a journey across the globe and into the murky world of organised crime and money-laundering. Without spoiling anything, I will say that I didn't see the final few pages coming at all. The best plot twist is kept until last and the signals for it are subtle. Always a
sign of success in a thriller!
I liked Harry Bridger as a central character. He's flawed alright, but there's a basic decency about him that the reader can get behind and root for. And he shows a bit of vulnerability in his love for Bethany, which makes him relatable and it's this vulnerability that makes him take risks that his head is telling him not to - always a dangerous thing when you're in Harry's line of work. The supporting cast is good too - particularly Angela Linehan, who occupies an antagonist role really, but who is, in the end, just trying to save herself, as we
The style is straightforward and accessible, never dropping into too much description or exposition. Chapter length expands and contracts in harmony with the urgency of the plot stage, which makes for a satisfying read and one you could equally go at with gusto in one sitting, or pick and up put down over the course of a couple of days.
Hider/Seeker will appeal to fans of noirish fiction but those who like plenty of action in the mix. Readers of crime or thrillers will both enjoy it, I think. And, without wishing to gender stereotype you, dear Bookbaggers, there's more than enough action for the men and more than enough of the personal for the women.
I don't know if we'll be seeing Harry Bridger again, but I, for one, would be happy to.
You can read more book reviews or buy Hider/Seeker by Tom Claver at Amazon.co.uk.
You can read more book reviews or buy Hider/Seeker by Tom Claver at Amazon.com.
HIDER/SEEKER becomes an Amazon bestseller
HIDER/SEEKER, the debut novel by Tom Claver, has become an Amazon bestseller, just three months after being published by Matador.
The ebook thriller was selected by Amazon for its Kindle Daily Deals on 18 July and the novel immediately shot up the UK charts of Kindle Store.
“I wasn’t certain whether it would be chosen by Amazon and I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up Saturday morning to see that it had,” said Tom. “But I was not expecting to see it jump hour by hour.”
He explained that his novel soon entered Amazon’s Top 100 for paid ebooks and to his shock it was leaping above writers such as Lee Child, James Patterson, and Jeffrey Archer.
The rise was so rapid that it topped Amazon’s Movers and Shakers for parts of the day based on the biggest ranking improvement.
Tom couldn’t go to bed until he saw the book’s final position at midnight when the Amazon deal ended.
By midnight Hider/Seeker was No.2 in the Amazon Best Sellers top 100 paid for ebooks for Crime Thrillers in the UK, second only to The Girl on the Train. It ranked No.4 for Suspense, No.5 for Crime, Thrillers & Mystery, and No. 5 for Thrillers.
It also did well in general fiction, ranking No.11 in Kindle eBooks, which had To Kill a Mockingbird at No. 1 and Go Set a Watchman at No.2.
Hider/Seeker is a pacy thriller about a likeable maverick who bites off more than he can chew when he comes to the rescue of a wealthy battered wife.
Harry Bridger makes a living helping people run from their enemies. But when he arranges for Angela Linehan and her son to disappear abroad from her violent husband in London, little does he know that his life will depend on finding her again.
The Indie View with Tom Claver, author of Hider/Seeker
I like to read a book where the writer takes care of you. A good thriller is fairly obvious from the first sentence. It’s like getting into a sports car and being taken for a spin. Read more...
Seeking Old School Thrills With Author Tom Claver's Debut Novel
By Daniel Ford
I'm fairly certain I would have enjoyed Tom Claver’s debut thriller Hider/Seeker even without the rabid endorsement of my jewelry biz buddy Peggy Jo Donahue.
His main character, Harry Bridger, makes a living helping people run from their enemies, however, his life becomes endangered after he arranges for Angela Linehan and her son to disappear abroad from her violent husband in London. Throw in a ticking clock, an ex-wife, and a Central American location and that’s a novel I’m going to finish in two nights (one with the right blend of coffee).
Also, first lines in a thriller tend to be even more important than in literary fiction and Claver lands a beauty: “Harry had sat in the restaurant for over an hour, bloating his empty stomach on grissini and cold Prosecco.” Yes, please.
Claver recently answered some of my questions about how he first became interested in writing, his writing process, how the idea for Hider/Seeker originated, and how he went about getting his work published (He also earned Writer’s Bone favorite status by referring to me as a journalist). Read More...
Museum celebrates centenary of The 39 Steps
The John Buchan Museum in Peebles, Scotland, is to celebrate the centenary of the publication of The Thirty-Nine Steps with a special exhibition.
In addition to specially selected exhibits about John Buchan’s book, which is claimed by many to be the first modern spy novel (See blog 25 March 2015), the museum is also organising other events including walking the John Buchan Way on 19 October, the likely date of the publication of the book in hardback by Edinburgh-based Blackwoods, and a possible back-to-back showing in Peebles of three films based on the book.
Part of the exhibition includes loan items from the producers of the eponymous play, a fun-loving recreation of Hitchcock’s film.
However, the star of the special event is likely to be a piece of the actual 39th step from the original steps that led down to the beach that inspired the book’s title.
Buchan’s daughter, Alice, gave the title to her father’s new novel when walking down a rickety flight of steps when they were staying at Broadstairs in Kent. The house on the cliffs overlooked Stone Bay and the little six year old counted out the steps as they descended to a private beach.
She called out the 39th step to her father as she stepped off onto the sand and history was made.
The wooden step was saved by a builder when the old wooden steps set into the chalk cliff face were torn out and replaced in the 1940s. The builder understanding its literary significance sent it to the Buchan family as a memento.
Mark your diary for free HIDER/SEEKER e-book
Tom Claver’s debut novel, HIDER/SEEKER, will be free to download from Amazon from 30 April to 4 May worldwide.
HIDER/SEEKER is a pacy thriller about a likeable maverick who bites off more than he can chew when he comes to the rescue of a wealthy battered wife.
Harry Bridger makes a living helping people run from their enemies. But when he arranges for Angela Linehan and her son to disappear abroad from her violent husband in London, little does he know that his life will depend
on finding her again.
“HIDER/SEEKER is initially set in London but moves on to somewhere more exotic as Harry searches for his former client following a frightening revelation,” says Tom.
“It’s partly romantic, but there is a lot of action too as he needs to keep a step ahead of the pack searching for Angela. It’s full of thrills and keeps you on the edge of your seat to the very end.”
HIDER/SEEKER is published by Matador and will be free to download from Amazon between 30 April to 4 May.
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