To Catch a Rabbit, Helen Cadbury

Two young boys stumble on a dead prostitute. She’s on Sean Denton’s patch. As Doncaster’s youngest community support officer, 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. While Sean comes up against a corrupt senior officer, Karen finds she’s falling in love. Played out against a gritty landscape on the edge of a Northern town, both of them risk all they hold precious.

This is one of those rare finds – a literary crime novel that you can’t put down.  It’s exciting, pacey, vivid, and humane.  Helen Cadbury can write and she can tell a story: read her!”  Lesley Glaister

Finding a new writer of decent police procedurals is a rare treat. Finding one with a new ‘angle’ is a rarity. I couldn’t see how the PCSO as investigator would work, but it does and surprisingly well. The characters come off the page well too, with even minor characters being fleshed out. The plot’s good too, with a twist or two near the end that I really wasn’t expecting.” The Book Bag

Word from the author

In To Catch a Rabbit I have tried to tell the story of people who care deeply about what’s going on around them, but feel they are swimming against the tide. For PCSO Sean Denton, it’s the discovery of the body of a trafficked Chinese prostitute whose value in society is so low it’s not even marked as a suspicious death. For Karen, a mother of two living a relatively privileged life, it’s the disappearance of her brother, Phil, that is the beginning of a life changing quest. Men go missing every day, she’s told, but she’s not prepared to accept that there is nothing she can do.

All crime fiction deals with good and evil, but I’m also interested in those greyer shades of indifference and selfishness, that allow evil to do its work. Sean and Karen have to find the strength to push through that and to keep asking questions in order to get justice in the end. I knew I couldn’t write a book that upheld a world view I couldn’t believe in, so I put my money on two apparent underdogs, who want the world to be a better place. I hope you’ll excuse the greyhound racing cliché there, but it’s a clue about one of the settings in my third book, which I’m working on at the moment. Meanwhile, the second book in the Sean Denton series will be out in July. It’s called Bones in the Nest and you can read more about it and see the cover on my website.

About the author

Helen Cadbury is a York based writer whose debut novel, ‘To Catch a Rabbit’, was joint winner of the Northern Crime Award and was launched by Moth Publishing, May 2013.
Helen was born in the Midlands and brought up in Birmingham and Oldham, Lancashire and now lives in York. She writes fiction, poetry and plays and is currently working on a sequel to ‘To Catch a Rabbit’.
From 2008 to 2013, she worked with women prisoners, helping to develop their creative writing skills.

One thought on “To Catch a Rabbit, Helen Cadbury

  1. I saw Helen at a Northern Accent event and was intrigued by the first few pages that she read but she had no copies to sell as it was being reprinted at the time. Later I happened upon the novel in a bookshop in Beverley. I was gripped from the start and found some of the characters, particulary Sean, very believable. The way the chapters are laid out in real time and the day of Phil’s journey moved it along quickly and I could imagine the action in a cinematic version very easily. I cannot comment more at the moment as I still have 4 chapters to read. I have a day off this weekend so I suspect housework will have to wait while I discover what happened on that particular Bonfire night.

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