RA Burrell (raburrell on QT) has signed with agent Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.
Human rights lawyer Leah Cahill begins each morning with an email to her husband Matty – silly, mundane things about her cases, or maybe what color underwear she’s wearing. Leah knows he’s not going to answer. Matty, a respected but troubled war photographer, is one of the thousands who disappeared in the Egyptian military crackdown of 2013. Since she’s about the only person who doesn’t think he’s dead, her emails makes him feel a little less gone.
When a mysterious message from a hacker confirms he’s alive, Leah crashes a closed Senate hearing. Turns out, Matty isn’t being held in Egypt – he’s under detention at a U.S. ‘black site’, facing accusations of espionage and terrorism. Determined to free him, Leah uncovers the pieces of a global illegal arms trading investigation he kept secret for their entire marriage, spanning conflicts from Johannesburg to Sudan, dating back to his childhood as the son of Christian missionaries living in pre-war Iraq.
Armed with his photo archives, Leah retraces their tumultuous yet passionate relationship, from their earliest days together in the African aid corp to an attack that chased her into law school. Her deeper look into their history reveals disturbing links to his investigation. When she unearths a plan to drag the U.S. into the Syrian Civil War, Matty’s enemies in the arms trade turn the full weight of the government against her. With her last chance to save him slipping away, his biggest secret may be one he’s willing to die to protect.AT SHUTTER SPEED is a 93,000 word novel, upmarket commercial fiction with a strong central love story. It may appeal to fans of emotionally resonant thrillers such as THE CONSTANT GARDENER. Thank you for your time and consideration.