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un·teth·ered, un·teth·er·ing, un·teth·ers

  1. To unfasten the tether of or release from a tether.
  2. To disconnect: an opinion that was untethered to reality.
  3. To free from restraints: The experience untethered his imagination.

Whilst on witness protection in 90s Bristol, John gets so bored, drunk and mad in the life handed to him that he creates a new, more interesting identity for himself: a private investigator. As luck would have it, his first case is given to him by his neighbour. He has to find the seductive femme fatale Cherry, who has mysteriously vanished.

As he descends into the seedier side of the city, from pubs and clubs to offices, John discovers that to find Cherry, a motive, and himself, he must draw on the darkest recesses of his past and question what it is to have an identity in the first place.

Inspired by Charles Bukowski, Paul Auster, hard-boiled detective fiction and music of the time, Untethered is dark dirty-realism and a classic crime noir, wrapped up in echoes of a killer soundtrack.


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