Out of Shot

A new novel by AC Koning × out 4th SEPTEMBER 2017


Berlin, 1933. Hitler has just become Chancellor, and the Nazi regime is rapidly consolidating its power. Cast into this volatile situation, with only his wits to help him, blind war veteran Frederick Rowlands is faced with the most difficult investigation of his career–one which takes him into the glamorous world of the German film industry. 

A beautiful film star has been murdered - and it seems as if one of the last to see her alive was Rowlands’s eleven year-old nephew, Billy. As the violence across the city escalates, Rowlands finds himself caught up in a desperate race to find Billy before someone else does… Someone who has every reason to want to conceal the identity of the killer.

Following 2016’s Time of Flight (An atmospheric thriller set in the glamorous world of 1930s aviation…” — The Lady), 2015’s Game of Chance (“Vivid, detailed... an excellent read” – Literary Review) and 2014’s Line of Sight (“compulsively readable” – Heat, “beautifully envisioned” – The Lady), A. C. Koning returns in 2017 with Out of Shot, the fourth novel in the Blind Detective series.


Praise for The Blind Detective series

“An atmospheric thriller set in the glamorous world of 1930s aviation…” — The Lady

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

“Beautifully written, the period feel is utterly convincing, and the hero - who is blind - is one of the most fascinating detectives” — Amanda Craig

“Koning's elegant prose, psychological acuity and, above all, meticulous sense of place raises this far above the average genre novel. An engaging and enlightening read” — Michael Arditti

“A great opener to what promises to be a compulsively readable new series…" — Heat Magazine

“Beautifully envisioned... with great attention to period detail, Koning has wholly captured the flavour of the era” — The Lady

“Touch, hearing, smell and visual memory created such a full world that it was hard to believe it hadn’t been described visually” — Helen Dunmore

Out of Shot
by A.C. Koning

ISBN 780992746780


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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