Mr Todd’s Reckoning
Norman Bates is alive and well. And he’s living just next door.
Behind the normal door of a normal house, in a normal street, two men are slowly driving each other insane. One of them is a psychopath.
Mr Todd is at his wits’ end. He’s been robbed of his job as a tax inspector and is now stuck at home… with him. Frustrated. Lonely. Angry. Really angry.
Adrian has no job, no friends. He is at home all day, obsessively chopping vegetables and tap-tap-tapping on his computer. And he’s getting worse, disappearing for hours at a time, sneaking o to who-knows-where?
The unholy spirit:
In the safety of suburbia, one man has developed a taste for killing. And he’ll kill again.
REVIEWS OF Mr Todd’s Reckoning
'Maitland conjures madness from the inside, looking out … a brave book.' Jeff Noon, Spectator
'A dark chilling read, but I have to say a lot of fun too. There is a clever poetic ending that restores balance to the world but it’s a long journey down a dark tunnel before the light. Mr Todd’s Reckoning is gripping and gritty, exciting and scary.' NB literary magazine
'A deliciously dark and disturbing read … incredibly dry wit … dark to the nth degree …wonderfully surprising, with a couple of real gasp-out-loud incidents.' Raven Crime Reads
'Splendidly creepy.' Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
'Iain Maitland’s prose is sparse, gripping and mesmerising … superbly crafted … spellbinding and gripping. … brilliantly observed … The setting of an ordinary two-bedroomed bungalow in suburbia is genius. Iain Maitland makes sublime use of the concept that none of us knows quite what goes on behind other people’s closed front doors, so that the possibilities presented in Mr Todd’s Reckoning are quite terrifying. … sparkling, mesmerising … absolutely magnificent.” Linda Hill, Linda’s Book Bag
'From page one Iain Maitland hurls you through the secret underground tunnels of an insane mind bent on destruction. Cleverly conceived, what begins as quite touching drives relentlessly onwards into furious criminality. Mr Todd’s Reckoning is phenomenally dark and utterly compelling.' Chris Dolan
'Just great. Truly scary, a fabulous dive into the mind of a classic, self-justifying psychopath … A fantastic book.' Barbara Nadel