Mandasue Heller, one of the UK's best-loved crime writers, discusses her 15th novel in 15 years, Run - a gritty, fast-paced, urban thriller based in Manchester's criminal underworld.
After being cheated on by her ex, Leanne Riley is trying her hardest to get her life back on track, which isn't easy without a job, and living in a bedsit surrounded by a junkie and a mad woman. On a night out with her best friend she meets Jake, a face from her past who has changed beyond all recognition. But good looks and money can hide a multitude of sins. Is that good-looking face just a mask? And what's more, what will it take to make it slip, and who will die in the process
Warrington-born Mandasue, who's been dubbed ‘the Martina Cole of the north’, moved to Greater Manchester in the 1980s where she found the inspiration and backdrop for her crime thrillers. She Spent 10 years living in the infamous Hulme Crescents and was a professional singer for many years before turning her hand to writing. Her 2015 novel, Afraid, was a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller, and her books have sold nearly 2 million copies to date.