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New author profile: Mike Craven

The former probation officer tells Adrian Magson that he had to go back to the drawing board – even though his debut had already been shortlisted for a Dagger

Being told by an agent that his debut crime novel (already shortlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger in 2013) needed a complete overhaul and should be cut by a third, required, as Mike Craven puts it, two responses: sulk or get cracking.

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