Susan Hill—the Man Booker Prize nominee and
winner of the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards—returns
with a gripping mystery “eagerly awaited by all aficionados” (P. D. James).
The particularly unpleasant murder of a very old woman in a housing project rocks the town of Lafferton. The murderer has left a distinctive “sign” on the
body and at the scene of the crime. A couple of weeks later, a similar murder
occurs, and a month or so later, so does another.
reveal that the mysterious “sign” was the calling card of a suspect who was
charged with several murders in the northwest of the country, tried but
acquitted on the grounds of insufficient evidence. All indications suggest that
this person has simply vanished—or is he right under their noses? Simon
Serrailler is obliged to delve deeper and scratch out answers in this addictive
mystery of surpassing darkness by the bestselling Susan Hill.
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