To Catch a Rabbit

Represented by:
Laura Longrigg


Allison & Busby

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First in the acclaimed Yorkshire-set crime series, featuring young detective Sean Denton.

Two young boys stumble upon the body of a dead prostitute. She’s on young community policeman Sean Denton’s patch. He’s already way out of his depth, but soon he’s uncovering more than he’s supposed to know. Meanwhile Karen Friedman, professional mother of two, learns her brother has disappeared. She desperately needs to know he’s safe, but once she starts looking, she discovers unexpected things about her own needs and desires. In this gripping story of migrants, love and the sex trade, Karen and Sean’s enquiries begin to throw up the same names. Played out against a gritty landscape on the edge of a Northern town, both of them risk losing all they hold precious.

To Catch a Rabbit was joint winner of the Northern Crime Competition in 2012, an Amazon Rising Star in January 2015 and came 12th in the WH Smith poll of top crime novels they want to see on the screen.


 ‘A hugely assured and gripping debut. Let’s hope we see a lot more of Sean Denton’  Mark Billingham
‘A rare find – a literary crime novel that you can’t put down.’ Lesley Glaister
'This is a novel, almost casually involved with crime. It gripped me from the first... The descriptions of the setting, Yorkshire at its bleakest, the characters, were so subtly slipped in that I absorbed them subliminally... I am now reading this excellent book again'
'One of Cadbury's strengths is conciseness. Characters are often introduced with a considered sketch and there's never a sense of any padding. The novel, therefore, moves at quite a pace... Cadbury also excels at dialogue and throws in nice snippets of social observation. Cadbury has laid down somes strands to be picked up in subsequent novels' Killing Time Crime Blog
'Cadbury has a winning formula on her hands. Her writing style is smooth yet intriguing.' Crimesquad
'A thriller which can only be described as a page turner.' Yorkshire Post, selected as one of the 12 books (pubished since the Millenium) that describe Yorkshire best.

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