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A gritty, propulsive debut about a father, a daughter, and the hardest lessons in life.

‘If nowhere was safe for her, then the only place he could let her be was with him’

Meet Polly: eleven years old and smart beyond her years. But she’s a loner, always on the outside, until she is unexpectedly reunited with her father.
Meet Nate: fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car, Nate takes Polly from the safety of her quiet existence into a world of robbery, violence and the constant threat of death.

And he does it to save her life.

A Lesson in Violence is a gripping and emotionally wrenching novel that upends even our most long-held expectations about heroes, villains and victims. Nate takes Polly to save her life, but in the end it may very well be Polly who saves him.

Photograph © Brian Hennigan

Jordan Harper was born and educated in Missouri. He's worked as an ad man, a rock critic and a journalist and currently lives in Los Angeles.  He writes for shows including Gotham and was lead writer on The Mentalist.  

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (September 1, 2017)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471158957

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