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The Devil's Staircase
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Crime & Mystery, Fiction, Fiction
Publication Date
11 May 2017
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Birlinn Limited

The Devil's Staircase

by Helen Fitzgerald - Find out more about the author


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’A scary and stylish slice of urban noir’ – The Independent

’Ramps up both the comedy and the horror to almost epic proportions, managing to combine a hilarious coming-of-age romance with extremely violent serial-killing nastiness, all in just over 200 blisteringly readable pages’ – Sunday Herald

’Brilliant, shocking and unputdownable' – Sydney Morning Herald

'Lovely, sparse, elegant writing, highly original plot and ever-building tension make this book irresistable. There’s sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, a whiff of true evil and a scream-out-loud finale. Wow!’ – Australian Women’s Weekly

Bronny, a young Australian, finds herself down and out in London. She's a sweet girl who has spent her teenage years in a fearful, cautious bubble. She's never taken drugs, had sex or killed anyone. Within six weeks she's done all three. A group of backpackers break into an abandoned London townhouse seeking a rent-free life of debauchery. They don't realise someone's already there: a terrified woman bound and gagged in the basement.

The Devil's Staircase combines a chick-lit voice and a dark crime noir environment. Not for the faint-hearted, it's funny, sexy and disturbing, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Helen FitzGerald is the second youngest of thirteen children. She grew up in the small town of Kilmore, Victoria, Australia, and studied English and History at the University of Melbourne. Via India and London, Helen came to Glasgow University where she completed a Diploma and Masters in Social Work. She worked as a criminal justice social worker for over ten years, most of it in HMP Barlinnie, where she helped to prepare serious offenders for release. She's married to screenwriter Sergio Casci, and they have two children.