Ray Lovell
Created by Stef Penney

"When I woke up, I remembered nothing -- apart from one thing. And little enough of that: I remember that I was lying on my back while the woman was straddling me, grinding her hips against mine. I have a feeling it was embarrassingly quick; but then, it had been a while."
-- Ray wakes up in the beginning of
The Invisible Ones

Rough-around-the-edges, low-rent English private eye RAY LOVELL is one of the "invisible ones" himself or at least almost -- he's half-Romany. He's hired, in his acclaimed debut, The Invisible Ones (2011), to track down Rose Janko, the wife of a prominent Gypsy family who's been missing for seven years.

But it hasn't gone well. As the book opens, Ray is in St. Luke's Hospital, bouncing between paralysis and delirium, wondering how it all went wrong and trying to piece together how he got there.

Stef Penney was born and raised in Edinburgh, and studied Philosophy and Theology at Bristol University before turning to film-making. She has since written and directed two short films. Her first novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, set in northern Onario in the 1800s, was an international bestseller and prolific award-winner. She lives in London.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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