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Author of the new crime thriller




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Justin Warren was born in Westport, New Zealand, in 1976. His father was a newspaper reporter and his mother was a dental nurse. In 1977, Justin's parents purchased The Westport News. At just 15 years of age, mainly to keep him occupied during the school holidays, his father employed him as a journalist. Since then he studied at the University of Canterbury and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce before taking up a career in teaching. He currently works at a New Zealand high school and is the Head of Commerce.

Justin decided to write his first novel during a stopover at Sydney Airport in January 2016. His plane was delayed and he was without anything to read so he purchased a novel from the local bookshop. However, as he read, it dawned on him that the story did not flow and that he could do better. Six months later the idea for "The Forgotten Lands" was born and one year after that the manuscript

Justin's favourite author is Michael Connelly and he tries to incorporate aspects of Connelly's style in his own writting. Other authors that have influenced his writting include Raymond Chandler, David Baladachi and Ben Sanders.


Murder in the library

Justin is pleased to announce that he will be takeing part in the Ngaio Marsh Awards, Murder in the Library series, on Wednesday 11 April. Come along to Christchurch South Library at 6:30pm to hear Justin and other local authors talk about their work.

Ngaio Marsh Crime Awards

The Forgotten Lands is entered in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Crime Awards. The book is entered in Best Crime Fiction and Best Frist Novel

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In Europe in December

Justin will be in London in early December, in Edinburgh at the end of December and in Paris during the first week of January. More details to come. 

Background to "The Forgotten Lands"

Coming soon will be a series of blogs on the background to "The Forgotten Lands." Find out about many of the places featured in the book and learn more about where the novel was set.

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Dylan Harper is a young, up and coming detective with a point to prove. But when he and his mentor Detective Joe Gardella are summoned to the office of the Chief of Police and given an assignment that is outside their jurisdiction they sense that something is up. Sent across the country to investigate the disappearance of a small town newspaper reporter who hasn’t been seen or heard from in four days, Harper and Gardella will be a long way from home and working on their own.

But almost as soon as they arrive on the scene Harper becomes aware that someone is watching them. As the detectives begin to sift through the evidence and zero in on a suspect, strange things start to occur. Chasing down a lead late one night Harper glimpses a shadowy figure lurking in the fog and after a frantic search all he hears is an eerie laugh trailing off into the mist. The next morning Harper wakes to find his tyres slashed and then Gardella is called back to the city leaving Harper alone and exposed. When someone scrawls a mysterious set of numbers on the wall of Harper’s hotel room it sends the case in a whole new direction and threatens to destroy his career before it’s even truly begun.


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