Author(s): Susan Hill
In the peaceful cathedral city of Lafferton, a gunman is terrorising young women. What - if anything - links the attacks? Is the marksman with a rifle the same person as the killer with a handgun or do the police have two snipers on their hands? Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler is in charge of the case, but he is also struggling to deal with a tragedy at the heart of his own family. Two forthcoming events - a local fair and the high-profile cathedral wedding of the Lord Lieutenant's daughter - only add to the pressure.
The fourth in the series of bestselling crime novels featuring Simon Serrailler, now a Detective Chief Superintendent.
A triumph: cunningly plotted, shrewdly characterised. Hill has an understanding of evil that is both acute and disconcerting. - Literary Review The psychology and pace of the whole - and the quality of the writing - are utterly absorbing. - Country Life Masterly story telling from an accomplished writer - The Good Book Guide All the ingredients for the perfect crime novel are here, but the added value comes from Hill's distinctive and human psychological insights. - The Daily Mail Delicious agony... The suspense-building techniques of Alfred Hitchcock have long been locked into Susan Hill's literary apparatus and they are given full rein here - Daily Express Susan Hill's crime novels are getting better and better... The main plot is straightforward enough - who is the killer and will he be caught? - but the narrative is so streamlined and effective that it races beautifully along until it smacks against the buffers of an unexpected but entirely convincing ending Spectator It's a wonder it hasn't been snapped up for telly - Scotland on Sunday I stayed up gone two in the morning and by the end there were tears in my eyes - Daily Telegraph As always, Hill creates a marvellous cast of characters with absorbing contemporary concerns... This is crime reading for those who relish a perceptive take on human nature as much as finding out whodunit - Daily Mail
Susan Hill's novels and short stories have won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelynn Rhys Prizes, and many of them are set texts for GCSE and A levels. She is the author of Mrs de Winter, the sequel to Rebecca, and the ghost story, The Woman in Black, which was adapted for the stage and has been running in London for more than twenty years Born in Scarborough, she lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing company, Long Barn Books.