OUT NOW: Devour by L. A. Larkin

Author L. A. Larkin today publishes her new thriller Devour (Constable) 

Devour is an exhilarating action thriller starring investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe. Inspired by real events in Antarctica, this high-octane story of conspiracy, murder and revenge will leave readers breathless, and wanting more.

Wolfe has honed her skills in war zones. So when her editor sends her to a remote research camp in Antarctica, she’s not impressed. But she soon learns that the scientific team’s discovery is a prize people will kill for….

With her life in constant peril from numerous enemies who are seldom what they first seem, Wolfe must unravel a complex web of lies to uncover an even more terrifying truth. Wolfe’s journey will ultimately lead her to a man who would obliterate civilisation. She must make an impossible choice: save one life – or prevent the death of millions

L. A. Larkin takes the reader on a gripping journey, from the poppy palaces of Afghanistan and Antarctica’s wind-swept ice sheets to a top-secret military base in the Nevada desert, in this first instalment of a new thriller series.

Research for Devour

To understand Antarctica’s savage and alien environment, L. A. Larkin went to the great white continent. She boarded an ex-Russian scientific research vessel and crossed the infamously rough Drake Passage. ‘I was told to stay in my bunk-bed and hang on for dear life as the vessel corkscrewed through ten-metre swells. When I tried to get to the bathroom, the ship tilted forty degrees and I was hurled on to the door.’ With a predominantly Russian crew, Larkin did her best to communicate using an English-Russian phrase book. ‘There was an engineer with a wry sense of humour who was seemingly impervious to the extreme cold.’ He inspired the character of Vitaly Yushkov.

In Cambridge, UK, she visited British Antarctic Survey to learn about Polar survival equipment, clothing, and hazards, such as white-outs. In Bristol, she interviewed Professor Martin Siegert, the leader of an Antarctic expedition to discover new life in subterranean Lake Ellsworth in 2012. With his help, Larkin has vividly recreated the remote camp and ice-drilling operation in Devour.                                                                                                                  

When Larkin decided to buck the action thriller trend of male lead characters, she realised that Olivia Wolfe would need to be capable of defending herself. So she enlisted the help of crown prosecutor and martial artists, Craig Emerson, who taught Larkin how women can use Jiu-Jitsu and everyday objects, such as metal water bottles and key chains, in self-defence. As Wolfe fires a pistol in Devour, Larkin wanted to know how to load and handle one. Not only has the author discovered she is a good shot, but when researching her next book in the series, set in South Africa, she learned to fire an R1 battle rifle.

About the author 

L. A. Larkin is a British-Australian thriller author whose work has been likened to Michael Crichton and praised by Peter James. Her novel The Genesis Flaw was nominated for four crime fiction awards and Thirst has been described as, ‘The best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station’. An adventurer at heart, Larkin has spent time in the Antarctic, and with scientists at the British Antarctic Survey and the Australian Antarctic Division. She was born in England and studied literature at the University of London’s Royal Holloway College, graduating with honours. She lives in Sydney and London, and teaches mystery and thriller writing. www.lalarkin.com

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