'Fantastic' Martina Cole
'Dark, sharp and compelling' Peter James
'A thrilling curtain raiser for what looks set to be a great new series' Mick Herron
***LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD***
A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District's prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .
Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.
As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he's ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive ...
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'A page turner' Sun
'A powerful thriller from an explosive new talent. Tightly plotted, and not for the faint hearted!'
'A gripping start to a much anticipated new series' Vaseem Khan
'Satisfyingly twisty and clever and the flashes of humour work well to offer the reader respite from the thrill of the read' Michael J. Malone
'Britain's answer to Harry Bosch' Matt Hilton
'Dark, disturbing and so very clever. Highly recommended' Anne Cater
Customer ReviewsSee All
I needn’t have worried
I wavered before buying this book because the front cover suggested that the story might be more gruesome and gritty than I like. I bought it because I knew the author wrote about places I know - in Carlisle and the Lakes.
The murders are unpleasant but aren’t described in the same level of detail some authors do, so I worried needlessly.
The book is well written and the story very satisfying. It is the third book by this writer that I have read and it is probably my favourite.
Another Poe to give you nightmares
I bought this because I have enjoyed the Lake District copper Inspector Skelgill and hoped for more of the same. I was wrong, this book contains a list of things I don’t like in my crime thrillers - a serial killer, a policeman with baggage, paedophilia, and an eccentric second string but despite that I really enjoyed the book, I was almost instantly absorbed and could have read it in a single sitting.
The writer sketches the main characters in a few strokes and somehow makes them real, he manages to do the same with the Cumbrian countryside. I am seriously impressed and cannot over-emphasise the qualities of this book.
I should not have liked this book but I loved it. Read it.
Incredible from start to finish
This is the first time I’ve ever left a review but this is a total must read. The story has you gripped and guessing right from the start. Even when you think it’s over there’s another twist.
You won’t be able to put it down. 5*