Game of Chance

A new novel by AC Koning × Coming soon


It is 1929. In the years since the Armistice, blind war veteran Frederick Rowlands—now running a small holding in Kent—has done his best to establish a secure existence for himself and his young family. His days of taking risks are over—or so he very much hopes.

But then his old friend Chief Inspector Douglas asks for his help in tracking down the killer of a beautiful dancer, and suddenly Fred’s quiet, orderly world is under threat. Plunged back into the whirl of London life, he must explore milieux as yet unknown to him, as well as confronting figures from his own past.  As the weeks go by and the crime remains unsolved, he finds himself caught up in a murderous game of chance, in which nothing is what it seems, and in which everything—friendships, family loyalties, even his own life—is at stake. 

Following 2014’s Line of Sight (“compulsively readable”—Heat, “beautifully envisioned”—The Lady), A. C. Koning returns with Game of Chance, the second novel in the ‘Blind Detective’ series. 

Publishing Date

October 19th, 2015
ISBN 978-0-9927467-2-8


A.C. Koning

Previous novels include A Mild Suicide (short-listed for the David Higham Prize), Undiscovered Country, which won the Encore Award and was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and Fabulous Time, which was awarded a Society of Authors’ Travelling Scholarship.  More recent works include The Dark Tower, set in South Africa during the Anglo-Zulu War, Variable Stars, about the eighteenth century astronomer, Caroline Herschel, and Line of Sight, the first in a series of detective stories set during the 1920s, and with a First World War background. 

Koning has worked as a journalist, writing on travel and reviewing fiction for The Times, The Guardian and a number of other national newspapers.  She was Books Editor of Cosmopolitan for six years, and has taught creative writing at Kellogg College, University of Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London. She is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge.


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