Barry Maitland was born in Scotland, brought up in London but now lives in Australia. The latest in his Brock and Kolla series, Spider Trap, gets its US premiere next month. It was first published in Australia last August and as yet does not have a UK publication date.
Synopsis: Skeletons are discovered in wasteland behind Cockpit Lane, a poor black area of inner South London, and DCI David Brock and DS Kathy Kolla of Scotland Yard's Serious Crimes Branch are called in to investigate.
The discovery that the victims died during the Brixton riots, over twenty years before, leads Brock and Kolla on a dark and dangerous journey into the heart of the West Indian community in London. It's a journey in which past and present come together in an intricate web of deception and intrigue as Brock encounters a formidable old antagonist, Spider Roach. In a desperate search to find a crucial piece of evidence, Brock and Kolla unwittingly set in train a series of events that erupt in a shocking, violent conclusion.
Barry Maitland's next book, out in Australia in October is apparently a non Brock and Kolla, called 'Bright Air'.