International bestselling author Tim Weaver returns with his next David Raker mystery, a high-stakes search for a recently retired detective who vanishes from his own home
After decades of service, Leonard Franks has stepped down from the Metropolitan Police as a high-ranking detective in the Homicide and Serious Crime Command. He and his wife, Ellie, have retired to a farmhouse in the seclusion of the English countryside, far from the clamor of London. Everything goes just as they’ve imagined, until the night Leonard leaves the house to fetch firewood—and never returns.
With the police investigation at a dead end nine months later, Leonard’s daughter, a detective herself, turns in desperation to David Raker, a missing persons investigator with a gift for finding the lost. But nothing can prepare Raker for what he's about to find—or for the devastating secret behind this disappearance. And by the time he realizes what it is, and how deep the lies go, he finds himself in serious danger—along with everyone he cares about.
Raker’s action-packed investigation takes readers on a richly atmospheric thrill ride, from the seedy backstreets of London and the stark quiet of the Devon countryside to the sinister hallways of an abandoned mental institution. In Fall from Grace, Weaver has delivered another sharp, emotionally charged mystery that saves its most startling revelations for the final pages.
At the start of Weaver's affecting fifth David Raker mystery (after 2014's Never Coming Back), Det. Chief Insp. Melanie Craw asks Raker, a London missing persons investigator, for help finding her father, a retired detective chief superintendent. Craw's father, Leonard Franks, left the remote cottage in Devon he shared with his wife to fetch firewood; minutes later, he had vanished into thin air. Nine months after his disappearance, official inquiries have hit a dead end. His daughter hopes that Raker's somewhat unorthodox methods can crack the case. But as the former journalist begins delving deeper, including pursuing Craw's own hunch that the disappearance just might be connected to one of her father's old cases, neither of them is remotely prepared for the secrets lurking inside this Pandora's box or the danger threatening them and their loved ones. As Raker presciently observes at the beginning of this dark journey, which is marred only by a shocking but far-fetched denouement, "Everyone wanted the truth until they got it."