The Slow Roll

$39.99 inc GST

Winner of NZ Booklovers Best Adult Fiction Book 2023


It seemed a simple request. ”Can you find my daughter who has run away?” But for professional gambler O’Malley, life isn’t that simple.

There is the murder of one of his poker partners, the attention of drug dealers, money launderers, the police, the gangs, and just to top it all off there is his intriguing girlfriend Claire, who just seems to be better at part-time sleuthing than he is.

No, nothing is simple for O’Malley.

The Slow Roll is a brilliantly written and intriguing debut crime novel, set in Auckland and featuring two lead characters with intelligence and empathy who just leave you wanting more to read.

After winning NZ Booklovers Best Adult Fiction Book 2023, Simon sat down with NZ Booklovers for an interview. Read it here

“One hell of a debut.” –  Paul Cleave

“A stunning crime fiction debut.” – New Zealand Listener

“Lendrum’s sharp, wry prose hooks readers in from the start.” – Kete Books

“A brilliantly written and intriguing debut crime novel.”  – Paper Plus

“Just brilliant.” – Newstalk ZB

“It’s a page-turning read.” – NZ Herald

“The characters are snappy, the dialogue is snappy. I just loved it.” – Joan’s Pick, Whitcoulls

“There are slick fight scenes and heart-stopping thrills.” – Alyson Baker, blogger

“The fresh and vibrant feel to the whole thing really acknowledges him [Simon] as a new and exciting voice in the whole landscape of fiction writers in Aotearoa. ” – NZ Booklovers

“This novel lingers in my memory as a narratively dexterous thrill ride, with excellent action set pieces and high stakes, a lightly tormented investigator-hero, and acidic droplets of social commentary that embed the events of the story in the right-now.” – Stephanie Jones  

Stuff article

NZ Herald interview [paywalled]

Additional information


Simon Lendrum


Upstart Press





Publication Date

14 July 2022