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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

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Sunday Express – Grip Lit!

February 12, 2017

Jake Kerridge selects the best Grip Lit for S Magazine, Sunday Express, Sunday, 12 Feb 2017, which includes Devour:

The first of a new series featuring investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe, a cross between a terrier and a Sherman tank when she’s on to a good story. The book roams across the world but has its heart in Antarctica where ice drilling scientists find something that spells trouble for the human race if it gets into the wrong hands.

Larkin rightly calculates that her readers will be having too good a time to dwell on implausibilities.

Thanks so much Jake. I love your description of Olivia Wolfe. I may use that in a future novel!

You can read the full article and see the other novels Jake picked, here.

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The Times review – likened to Alistair MacLean

February 4, 2017

Feeling really proud to be likened by Marcel Berlins to Alistair MacLean in The Times‘ Saturday Review section on 4 February 2017. My books are very much inspired by the works of early adventure thriller authors like Maclean, but also by the likes of Robert Ludlum, as well as the sci-fi / catastrophe thrillers of Michael Crichton.
It was so rewarding to read Marcel’s comment on my ‘impressive research’ behind Devour. Thanks so much, Marcel. You made my day!

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CrimeTime article: where location is a killer

January 28, 2017

I really enjoyed writing this article for Crime Time on ‘Where Location Is A Killer.

Here is the full article:

Antarctica is a beautiful, savage, unforgiving host to the few thousand temporary residents who arrive each summer. She will mess with your head. She will push you to your limits, testing your endurance and courage. Her ever-changing moods may leave you stranded in a deadly blizzard. She will seal you in a frozen tomb if you don’t pay her the respect she deserves. And yet, I would go back to her in a heartbeat.
Antarctica is an absolute gem of a location for a thriller. Characters are immediately in jeopardy because life on the icy continent is about survival. Antarctica an ever-present adversary. It’s easy to isolate my hero too: in Devour, Camp Ellsworth is a thousand kilometres from the nearest habited station. Antarctica has no law enforcement (the exception is McMurdo station which has US Marshalls) so you can’t just pick up the phone and dial 999.
Even a resilient and resourceful central character like Devour’s Olivia Wolfe, who has cut her teeth reporting from war zones and is used to surviving harsh environments, is well and truly out of her comfort zone in Antarctica. And that’s before I have introduced sabotage, murder, and the arrival of a Russian scientific team who are not what they seem.
The premise of Devour was inspired by a real British expedition to Antarctica in 2012, led by Professor Martin Siegert. Their aim was to drill down through three kilometres of ice to reach a sub-glacial lake, cut off from the rest of the planet for thousands of years. Siegert and his team believed that in that lake they would find microbial life that had survived in total darkness. Sadly, the team’s hot-water drill failed before they could reach the lake. In Devour, however, my fictional scientific team succeeds, and samples of this ‘extremophile’ are brought to the surface, with unexpected and devastating results.
I went to Antarctica to research Devour and a previous thriller, Thirst. It was not only an amazing experience but it helped me understand how Antarctica can affect you physically and mentally. It also inspired me to create characters not originally conceived for the books. One such is Vitaly Yushkov. I would never have created him if I hadn’t boarded an ex-Russian scientific research vessel and set off for Antarctica clutching my English-Russian phrase book.
In the last ten years, there has been a wave of brilliant Arctic crime fiction and thrillers and I’m a big fan of Arctic Noir. Yet, to this day, very few are set in the colder, windier, and more isolated South Pole. Kim Stanley Robinson was a trail blazer in 1997 with his novel Antarctica, then came Matthew Reilly’s Ice Station and James Rollins’ Subterranean (1998). Since then, the Arctic has become the icy location of choice for crime fiction. I suspect that as Antarctic travel gets easier, more thrillers will be set in this dangerous and thrilling location. Perhaps we have the makings of a new sub-genre, Antarctic Noir? Let me be the first to put up my hand and say, I’m in!

You can purchase Devour from 26 January in the UK at leading book stores and online: Amazon UK, Waterstones online

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Heir apparent to Michael Crichton : Devour review, The Guardian UK

January 24, 2017

Over the moon that Devour is included in Barry Forshaw’s round-up of The Best Recent Thrillers in The Guardian (UK edition – 19 January 2017). Even more delighted to be described as ‘heir apparent’ to Michael Crichton.

Here is what it says:

“Quotidian logic is similarly challenged in LA Larkin’s Devour (Constable, £8.99), with investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe fetching up in a frigid Antarctica where something ancient and malign has been hidden beneath a frozen lake for millennia. Unearthing long-buried secrets may lead to Olivia saving just one life – or unleashing Armageddon. This is the kind of unlikely but tense scenario that the late Michael Crichton specialised in; it seems that in Larkin he has an heir apparent.”

You can pre-order you copy of Devour here. It goes on sale in the UK from 26 January 2017.

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