Martyn Waites Books in Order

The Martyn Waites books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Martyn Waites books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Joe Donovan Books

The Mercy Seat

Waites, Martyn 2006

"Rare and fantastic."-The Philadelphia Inquirer "London's dark heart has seldom been exposed with such surgical precision. Brutal, mesmerizing stuff."-Ian Rankin "Highly recommended for adult mystery collections."-Library Journal (starred review) "A beautifully written and constructed thriller.

. . . Raw violence explodes on almost every page, and there are some artfully awful villains."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A powerful writer who creates memorable characters who live in the memory as well as on the page. The Mercy Seat flies, with no stop in the action and tension.

The skillful dialogue reminds me of Ken Bruen."-Otto Penzler "An ambitious, tautly plotted thriller that offers a stark antidote to P.D. James' cozy world of middle-class murder. A huge talent."-Time Out London "A sometimes brutal, sometimes poetic journey through the dark heart of modern London, and confirms Waites as of the brightest stars in British crime writing.

"-John Connolly A research scientist has gone missing. An ace newspaper reporter has disappeared and so has a minidisk, along with its incriminating evidence. And a teenage hustler is on the run. In his pursuer, the Hammer, a skin-headed professional killer, the principle of evil has indeed been made flesh.

Unsettling and unpredictable, this compelling page-turner delivers point-blank its every unexpected narrative hit, twist, and turn as it leads protagonist Joe Donovan to the terror of the mercy seat.

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Bone Machine

Waites, Martyn 2007
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White Riot

Waites, Martyn 2008

The third novel in the acclaimed Joe Donovan series by "Britain's answer to Michael Connelly" (Ken Bruen). When the savagely beaten body of a Muslim student is discovered in a rundown area of Newcastle, blame falls on the far right National Unity Party―but for once they appear to be innocent.

In fact, with elections looming, they are poised to make significant gains. Not the best time for Trevor Whitman, ex-70s radical, to return to his native northeast. Haunted by his violent past, he's receiving death threats over the murder of a policeman years ago.

Joe Donovan, the hero of Martyn Waites' acclaimed trilogy of thrillers, is called in to investigate. After the death of a supposed suicide bomber, the investigation takes a more dangerous turn as Donovan and his team find themselves the targets of a ruthless killer unlike any they have faced before.

A killer who will do anything to ensure an explosive thirty-year-old secret remains buried. Anything―even orchestrating a brutal race war that will tear the city apart, with Donovan caught in the middle.

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Speak No Evil

Waites, Martyn 2009

In the new Joe Donovan thriller, Waites’ ravaged hero must help a woman determine if her recent visions are related to the death of a young boy.Anne Marie is back in the hometown she hasn't seen for forty years, trying to live a normal life with her partner and teenage son.

But that's impossible for Anne Marie. Because forty years ago, when she was eleven, she killed a little boy. She is trying to make peace with her past by telling her story to journalist Joe Donovan. But it's not that simple.Suffering from horrifying visions, she sometimes does bad things.

Things she has no memory of afterward. So when a teenager on her housing estate is murdered and she wakes up with blood on her hands, Anne Marie naturally fears the worst. Her fragile life falling apart, Anne Marie turns to those she loves. But where she was expecting support, she finds only betrayal.

Desperate, she turns to Donovan for help. But Donovan may have his own reasons for helping her..reasons that have to do with the disappearance of his own son...

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Publication Order of Stephen Larkin Books

Mary's Prayer

Waites, Martyn 1997

"London's dark heart has seldom been exposed with such surgical precision. Brutal, mesmerizing stuff."-Ian Rankin "Waites stands out in the crowded field of young British noir writers . . . with his bruised characters, raw-edged dialogue, and extraordinary night vision.

"-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review"The Mercy Seat is a beautifully written and constructed thriller. . . . Raw -violence -explodes on almost every page, and there are some artfully awful villains."-Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Mary's Prayer is an assured, powerful debut from a writer sure to find his place in modern crime fiction.

Contemporary noir with a distinctly Chandleresque flavor. A significant contribution to the genre."-Andrew Vachss "As John Harvey did for Nottingham and George Pelecanos does for Washington, Waites uses real places in a city he knows intimately to portray an underside even many residents wouldn't recognize.

Highly recommended for adult mystery collections."-Library Journal (starred review) Disillusioned with London, journalist Stephen Larkin reluctantly accepts an assignment to cover a gangland funeral in Newcastle. While there, an old flame asks him to investigate an alleged suicide, which pushes Larkin into circumstances that spin dangerously beyond his control.

From a powerful new voice in neo-noir-and available for the first time in the United States-Pegasus Books is proud to present Martyn Waites' debut crime novel.

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Little Triggers

Waites, Martyn 1998

"An ambitious, tautly plotted thriller that offers a stark antidote to P.D. James' cozy world of middle-class murder. A huge talent."-Time Out "Martyn Waites' lean, exhilarating prose is from the heart and from the guts, and that's exactly where it hits you.

"-Mark Billingham "Waites stands out in the crowded field of young British noir writers with his bruised characters, raw-edged dialogue, and extraordinary night vision."-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review "London's dark heart has seldom been exposed with such surgical precision.

Brutal, mesmerizing stuff."-Ian Rankin "A powerful writer who creates memorable characters who live in the memory as well as on the page. The skillful dialogue reminds me of Ken Bruen."-Otto Penzler, The New York Sun "A sometimes brutal, sometimes poetic journey through the dark heart of modern London, and confirms Waites as one of the brightest stars in British crime writing.

"-John Connolly In this stunning sequel to Mary's Prayer, we find journalist Stephen Larkin back in his native Newcastle, whose dark underbelly is fertile territory for men who live beyond the reaches of morality. To fill the empty space in his life, Larkin jumps at the chance to track down a child abuser with friends in high places.

He thinks he's experienced all there is to know about the evil that men do. But nothing has prepared Larkin for the self-styled Minister for Youth . . . Martyn Waites, the author of six critically acclaimed crime novels, is emerging as one of the leading writers of British noir fiction.

Little Triggers is the second novel in his Stephen Larkin trilogy. Waites lives in London.

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Candleland

Waites, Martyn 2000

When a friend’s HIV-positive sixteen-year-old daughter goes missing, investigative reporter Stephen Larkin is enlisted to help find her. Following a trail of warring drug dealers, child prostitution and born-again Christian gangsters, it soon becomes clear that they are not the only ones looking for the girl, and that others don’t care if she is found dead or alive.

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Publication Order of Tom Killgannon Books

The Old Religion

Martyn Waites 2018

The Cornish village of St. Petroc is the sort of place where people come to hide. Tom Killgannon is one such person. An ex-undercover cop, Tom is in the Witness Protection Program hiding from some very violent people, and St. Petroc offers him a chance to live a safe and quiet life.

Until he meets Lila. Lila is a seventeen-year-old runaway. When she breaks into Tom's house, she takes more than just his money. His wallet holds everything about his new identity. He also knows that Lila is in danger from the travelers' commune she has been living at.

Something sinister has been going on there, and Lila knows more than she realizes. But to find her, he risks not only giving away his location to the gangs he's in hiding from but also becoming a target for whoever is hunting Lila.

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The Sinner

Waites, Martyn 2020

THE TENSE NEW THRILLER FROM THE 'MASTER OF SINISTER' (ANGELA CLARKE), FOR FANS OF CHRIS CARTER.Tom Killgannon, ex-undercover police officer and now in witness protection, is recalled to active service by a local police task force, headed by DS Sheridan.

His mission is to befriend notorious child killer Noel Cunningham and find out where he buried the bodies of his final two victims. The catch? Tom has to obtain that information from within Blackmoor prison itself.Undercover and with back-up, Tom soon runs into danger.

In the prison is convicted gangster Dean Foley. He used to run Manchester's biggest gang, until Tom's testimony put him away for life. He recognises Tom, and so begins a cat-and-mouse game as Tom fights for survival before Foley can get his revenge. But why can't Tom reach DS Sheridan and what is the real reason he has been sent to Blackmoor prison?'Waites is one of the best crime writers we have' MARK BILLINGHAM'Martyn Waites is already crime fiction royalty' STEVE CAVANAGH'A deftly-plotted thriller with a dark heart and a real emotional punch' SIMON KERNICK on The Old Religion'A guaranteed thrill-ride' SARAH PINBOROUGH on The Old Religion

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Publication Order of The Woman in Black Books

The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story

Hill, Susan 1983

An internationally acclaimed and haunting ghost story. “One of the strongest stories of supernatural horror…the work bursts into life and does not flag until the end.”―The Washington Post Arthur Kipps, a young solicitor, has come north from London to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of Mrs.

Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. The townspeople are reluctant to share any information about Mrs. Drablow but Kipps soon realizes that there is more to Alice Drablow than he originally thought. At the funeral, he sees a woman dressed in black, with a pale face and dark eyes, whom a group of children are silently watching.

While sorting through Mrs. Drablow’s papers at Eel Marsh House over the course of several days, the routine formalities Kipps anticipates give way to a tumble of events and secrets more sinister and terrifying than any nightmare: the rocking chair in the deserted nursery, the eerie sound of a pony and trap, a child's scream in the fog, and most dreadfully and most tragically for Kipps, the woman in black herself.

First published in 1983, and written in the style of a traditional Gothic novel, The Woman in Black has become a classic novel of supernatural horror.

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The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Waites, Martyn 2013

The chilling sequel to the international bestselling novel The Woman in Black  It’s Autumn of 1940, and German bombs are destroying the cities of Britain as WWII takes its toll on Europe. In London, children are being removed from their families and taken to the country for safety.

Teacher Eve Parkins is in charge of one such group, and her destination is an empty and desolate house that appears to be sinking into the tidal marshes that surround it.  Its name is Eel Marsh House.  Far from home and with no alternative, Eve and the children move in.

But it soon becomes apparent that there is someone else in the house; someone who is far deadlier than anything that would face the children in the city. She’s called “The Woman in Black,” and she won’t rest until she has her revenge …

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels


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