By Susan Hill
Susan Hill- the fellow Booker Prize nominee and winner of the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewellyn Rhys awards- returns with a gripping secret "eagerly awaited by means of all aficionados" (P.D. James).
A really disagreeable homicide, that of a really previous girl in a housing venture, rocks the city of Lafferton. The assassin has left a particular "sign" at the physique and on the scene of crime. a number of weeks later, an identical homicide happens, and a month or so later, so does another.
Initial investigations observe that the mysterious "sign" left at the physique used to be the calling card of a suspect who was once charged with numerous murders within the northwest of the rustic, attempted yet acquitted at the grounds of inadequate facts. All symptoms recommend that this individual has easily vanished. Or is he correct lower than their noses? Simon Serrailler is obliged to make delve deeper and scratch out solutions, during this addictive secret of surpassing darkness via the bestselling Susan Hill.
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