The cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it is just like any other place. As part of the same rapidly changing world, it shares the same hopes and fears, and the same kinds of crime, as any number of towns up and down the land. When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieron Bright, he is met by four plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the lead role in a complex, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone - not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him. Meanwhile, Simon's sister Cat is facing difficult choices at work that will test her dedication to the NHS. But an urgent call about her and Simon's father, Richard, soon presents her with a far greater challenge much closer to home. To complete his special op, Simon must inhabit the mind of the worst kind of criminal. As the op unfolds, Lafferton is dragged into the sort of case every town dreads. And Simon faces the fight of his life.
The pleasant cathedral town of Lafferton is finding itself having to come to terms with the tough modern world, and when a new Chief Constable summons, DC Simon Serrail-lier is asked to take over a complex – and very dangerous – undercover operation. What’s more, he must leave Lafferton immediately, without telling anyone. Even without P D James’ enthusiastic encomium on the jackets urging us to buy the books of Susan Hill, few crime aficionados these days would need much persuasion to pick up her work. Hill, the woman who has forged a latter-day equivalent of the classic English ghost story in the tradition of M R James, has proved to be equally adept at the classic police procedural, and the series featuring her intuitive copper has quietly established itself as one of the treasures of the current crime fiction scene.
'What you know about human nature is simultaneously being enlarged and improved upon thanks to Hill's almost Shakespearean insights into what it is to be.'
- Christopher Bray, Daily Express
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||2nd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Susan Hill has won both the Whitbread and Somerset Maugham Awards and been shortlisted for the Booker. She is the subject of one of the Vintage Living Texts. She runs her own publishing business, Longbarn Books, and edited the literary magazine, Books and Company. Her novels are set for GCSE and A Level, and her play, The Woman in Black, has been running in London's West End for 15 years. In 2011 Susan Hill was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library, awarded to an author for a body of work.More About Susan Hill