Middle-class parents Victoria and Nicholas Foulkes are distraught when their children are kidnapped against Nicholas’ gambling debts.
Penniless and desperate the couple turn to crime as a way to raise the ransom.
Hot on their heels is recently bereaved DI Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team.
Evans is fighting against enforced retirement and his replacement –
DI John Campbell – is foisted upon him along with other cases.
If he must leave the police then he wants one last big case before he goes.
In a race against time Victoria and Nicholas must evade the police while continuing to add to the ransom fund.
If they don’t pay up on time the kidnappers have threatened to amputate their children’s limbs with an oxy-acetylene torch.
Can they save their children before time runs out?

Question and Answer with Graham Smith

1) The thing that inspired me the most for Snatched from Home was the “what if” premise. So often in TV shows and movies we see kidnappings happening to rich families who can afford the ransom. I began wondering what would happen if the family of a kidnap victim simply couldn’t afford to pay the ransom. As a parent there is nothing you won’t do to save your children and to this end, I had a respectable couple embarking on a career as criminals as all other avenues were closed off to them.
2) I’ve been an avid reader since the age of eight, but in my late thirties, I found I was dissatisfied with more and more of the books I was reading and when I’d muttered “I could write a better book than this” for the umpteenth time, I realised it was time to put my money where my mouth is.
3) This is one of those questions that’s like asking which of your children you love the most. I love all my lead protagonists equally and for many different reasons. Harry Evans has the most of me in him, Jake Boulder most represents who I’d like to be, Beth Young is a smart cookie with a bright future ahead of her and Grant Fletcher (written as John Ryder) is someone who’s great fun to write. So, in short, my answer is that I don’t have an answer. Sorry.
4) Like the previous question, I have a lot of contenders for this, but the one who sprang immediately to mind is Cameron MacDonald. He’s Jake Boulder’s father and appeared in the novel Past Echoes. While not strictly speaking a full on antagonist, I found him to be the most fun to write of all the various baddies and villains I’ve ever constructed. He was totally self-absorbed and his every action caused problems for other people through his selfishness. His presence in Past Echoes allowed me to pull off what is undoubtedly my favourite kill ever and this in turn plunged my characters into places they really didn’t want to go.
5) I couldn’t even begin to think about writing in any other genre. I’ve read crime thrillers for forty years now and understand their beats, the expectations of readers and the many nuances that can or should appear. Not having read any other genre, I wouldn’t know where to start, although I try to include flashes of romance or elements of horror in my crime thrillers from time to time.

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