Game of Chance

A new novel by AC Koning × out now


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.

Game of Chance
by A.C. Koning

ISBN 978-0-9927467-2-8



"Beautifully written, the period feel is utterly convincing, and the hero—who is blind—is one of the most fascinating detectives..."


“Vivid, detailed…Rowlands comes to life in a way that few fictional characters do...an excellent read”



"When you’re trying to recreate the past, there’s nothing quite so evocative as listening to the popular music of the era, which is what I’ve been doing for the past few months of researching and writing my soon-to-be-published novel, Game of Chance."

— AC Koning, Listening to Sounds of the Past


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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