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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, in Stewart McDowall’s new thriller, The Mind Hack, forensic psychologist turned private investigator, McQueen and podcaster Emma Cullen are targeted by internet groomer Ian Bridger.
The Mind Hack
The Mind Hack by Stewart McDowall will be published on 6th February 2024, and is the second case for his forensic psychologist turned private investigator, McQueen.
To control. To exploit. To kill.
Forensic psychologist turned private detective, McQueen, is drawn into the dark world of psychological manipulation and its deadly consequences.
When he appears on a podcast to discuss the evils of grooming, he attracts the attention of Ian, an internet predator who now sees McQueen as a threat.
A threat that has to be eliminated.
With his expertise as a writer for national magazines, TV and radio being used to full and suspenseful effect from the get-go, Stewart McDowall’s writing also benefits from the many lessons learnt as a stand-up comic. With a strong opening, pace of delivery, and staying in full control of where the story is heading, McDowall’s writing has energy in the delivery.
Whilst a sleuth benefitting from an academic background isn’t a new concept, McQueen’s affability, flaws and nose for sniffing out a killer makes him a detective on par with John Rebus, Harry Hole and Alan Banks. And one that readers will want to hear more from.
Stewart McDowall lives in York and has written for national magazines, TV and radio and also spent many nights on stage as a stand-up comedian.
His bitter-sweet debut novel ‘Waiting To Go On’ was based on his experiences in the comedy clubs of Britain.
Stewart’s debut crime novel ‘The Murder Option’ gained 5-star reviews across the board began the McQueen series.
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