Each year for ten years, a young woman’s body was found in Edinburgh at Christmastime: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean's fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake, and McLean put an end to the brutal killing spree.
It’s now twelve years later. A fellow prisoner has just murdered the incarcerated Christmas Killer. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. A young woman: naked, washed, her throat cut.
Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more frightening explanation?
McLean must revisit the most disturbing case of his life and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again . . .
At the outset of Oswald's engrossing second Det. Insp. Anthony McLean novel (after Natural Causes), the Edinburgh detective is still reeling from the decade-old murder of his fianc e, Kirsty Summers, by a brutal serial killer. Donald Anderson (aka the Christmas Killer), who was apprehended by McLean, insisted at his trial that the Book of Souls, a volume he bought at a house clearance sale, had forced him to abduct and murder his female victims. Shortly after Anderson is knifed to death in prison, someone commits three murders following Anderson's m.o. Det. Chief Insp. Charles Duguid, McLean's superior, undermines the new investigation, which McLean heads, while journalist Joanne Dagliesh, author of a bestseller about Anderson, publicly questions the credibility of the original investigation. The pressure escalates when a fourth woman is snatched, and the police must find her before she's killed. Readers will eagerly await the next installment.