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BEST NEW DEBUT NOIR CRIME NOVEL

NO MORE BIRTHDAYS

By LISSA PELZER

The tagline goes:

Runaway teenager Lilly Lessard has some secrets. For a start, that’s not her real name and she wants to keep her real age on the down-low too. Bumping into ex-hitman Bobby at a small town film festival is no coincidence either. She’s tracked him here. He owes her money and she’s desperate enough to come looking for it. 

But this doesn’t sum up this gripping, page-turner of a novel. Both darkly modern in the style of the scandi- thrillers and strangely oldly worldly as in the detective noirs of times gone by, this story takes place in a real-time perspective over the course of a weekend. As the main character navigates the slippery slope she’s chosen to follow to get her money, Pelzer really keeps the tension on. It’s not just a case of a few thousand bucks, but her entire future and soon enough her life too.

We read this both wanting to be Lilly Lessard and being eternally thankful we weren’t…walking on eggshells till the very last word.

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