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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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After leaving school at fifteen, Mo Hayder worked as a barmaid, security guard, film-maker, hostess in a Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University, where she now teaches.


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.

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.

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