Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

PI Job Inspires Debut

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

PI Job Inspires Debut

Article excerpt

CATHERINE Berlin is an unusual heroine, even for a crime fiction novel. Although she works in law enforcement, she's addicted to heroin.

But when the doctor who prescribes her supply is killed she has seven days of clarity to solve one of the toughest cases of her career.

In Her Blood is Annie Hauxwell's first novel and her premise is intriguing.

aI have been thinking about writing about a heroin-addicted investigator for a long time,a Annie said.

The author's own abread and buttera is private investigation, both here and in London.

aThe character was actually inspired by an author, Anna Kavan, who wrote for nearly 30 years while she was addicted to heroin, a fact that was largely unknown to her associates. Some of her work is extraordinary,a Annie said.

aThe milieu in which the story is set was inspired by my stint as an investigator with a team pursuing illegal money lenders in London.a

As an investigator, the problem for Catherine was trying to live within the law, her creator said. …

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