Author(s): Susan Hill
How do you catch a killer who doesn't seem to exist? One snowy night in the cathedral city of Lafferton, an old woman is dragged from her bed and strangled with a length of flex. DCS Simon Serrailler and his team search desperately for clues to her murderer. All they know is that the killer will strike again, and will once more leave the same tell-tale signature. Then they track down a name: Alan Keyes. But Alan Keyes has no birth certificate, no address, no job, no family, no passport, no dental records. Nothing. Their killer does not exist. "As addictive as Rankin". (Scotsman).
How do you catch a killer who doesn't seem to exist? In this gripping crime novel, bestselling writer Susan Hill takes us inside the the mind of a deranged killer as the police search for the murderer of a vulnerable old woman
"Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the result is stunning" -- Ruth Rendell "Eagerly awaited by all aficionados of crime fiction" -- P.D. James "The real joy of the Serrailler series is Serrailler himself.rich in incident and intrigue" -- Christopher Bray Express "Arguably one of the UK's best crime fiction writers" Pride Magazine "Hill is, as ever, a true writer and a true storyteller. Her writing, never fancy or over-elaborate, is sweet and and clear and true, lifting the story above mass-market mass-killer lit" -- Sophia Waugh Spectator
Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Lewellyn Rhys awards and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She is the author of over fifty books, including the six previous Serrailler crime novels, The Various Haunts of Men, The Pure in Heart, The Risk of Darkness, The Vows of Silence, The Shadows in the Street and The Betrayal of Trust. The play adapted from her famous ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in the West End since 1989; it is also a hugely successful film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Susan Hill was born in Scarborough and educated at King's College London. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells and they have two daughters. She lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own publishing firm, Long Barn Books. www.susan-hill.com