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When the decomposed body of a young woman is found by near railway tracks just outside Bristol one hot May morning, all indications are that she s committed suicide. That s how the police want it too; all neatly squared and tidied away. But DI Jack Caffery is not so sure. He is on the trail of someone predatory, someone who hides in the shadows and can slip into houses unseen. And for the first time in a very long time, he feels scared. Police Diver Flea Marley is working alongside Caffery.Having come to terms with the loss of her parents, and with the traumas of her past safely behind her, she s beginning to wonder whether their relationship could go beyond the professional. And then she finds something that changes everything. Not only is it far too close to home for comfort but it s so horrifying that she knows that nothing will ever be the same again. And that this time, no one not even Caffery can help her
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DI Jack Caffery and Police Diver Flea Marley join forces in Mo Hayder's terrifying new bestseller

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Mo Hayder has written some of the most terrifying crime thrillers you will ever read. Her first novel, Birdman, was hailed as a 'first-class shocker' by the Guardian and her follow-up, The Treatment was voted by the Times one of 'the top ten most scary thrillers ever written'. In 2012 Gone won the prestigious Edgars Best Novel award. Mo left school at 15 and has worked as a barmaid, security guard, English teacher, and even a hostess in a Tokyo club. She has an MA in film making from the American University in Washington DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She now lives in England's West Country and is a full-time writer. For more information on Mo Hayder and her books, see her website at


Det. Insp. Jack Caffery of Bristol's Major Crime Investigation Unit looks into the case of Misty Kitson, a footballer's wife who vanished from rehab, in Hayder's chilling thriller, which picks up a few days after the grisly climax of 2008's Ritual. Caffery is distracted by the apparent suicide of a young man who he's convinced shows signs of mutilation similar to the victims of muti, the African black magic that figured in the previous book. Meanwhile, Sgt. Phoebe "Flea" Marley, a police diver, is busy exploring a series of flooded quarries in search of a missing woman, but her mind is elsewhere, too: the discovery that her brother, Thom, plays a vital role in Misty's much publicized disappearance. After two more alleged suicides, Caffery isn't sure if he's imagining a connection to muti, or if the answer is closer to home but no less deadly. Hayder captures the claustrophobia of Flea's dives in unsettling detail and continues to build on her two damaged heroes. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Hayder has a profound ability to shock and surprise her readers. She is the bravest writer I know" -- Karin Slaughter "Warped ... bloodthirsty ... No matter how much you despise yourself for getting sucked into such places, Hayder is brilliant at making you read on" * Daily Telegraph * "Hayder is the closest we've got to Stephen King ... the goriest thriller writer this side of the pond" * Mirror * "Hayder's gory insights into the dark are compelling" * Guardian * "Fast paced and absorbing ... complex and gripping" * Guardian *

DI Jack Caffery and police diver Phoebe "Flea" Marley return in Hayder's second thriller in the "Walking Man" series (after Ritual). Caffery, a man plagued by a troubled professional past, and Marley, an insecure risk taker, team up to solve the mysterious suicides that occur in one neighborhood. Caffery begins to suspect something sinister and perhaps even supernatural may be at work. Meanwhile, a missing-persons case turns out to be connected to Marley's brother, forcing her to make difficult and dangerous decisions about how to handle the situation. Hayder's works are usually not for the weak-stomached, and this one is no exception. Readers who can tolerate graphic descriptions will be rewarded with a complex, well-written mystery involving characters on both sides of the law. Verdict Taut, complex suspense with graphic material, this is especially recommended for those who enjoy Karin Slaughter and John Connolly. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/09.]-Beth Lindsay, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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