Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012.
Grim, gritty and totally compelling, Stuart MacBride draws you in then you are up all night! In this stand alone novel dark secrets compromise the central detective in a savage and brutal series of killings of teenage girls. But the same secret also drives him as no one has sacrificed more.
Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret! Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her thirteenth birthday. A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front -- Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. He's been snatching girls for twelve years, always in the run-up to their thirteenth birthday, sending the families his homemade cards showing their daughters being slowly tortured to death. But Ash hasn't told anyone about Rebecca's birthday cards -- they all think she's just run away from home -- because if anyone finds out, he'll be taken off the investigation. And he's sacrificed too much to give up before his daughter's killer gets what he deserves!
Praise for Stuart MacBride:
'Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order'
'Some of the grittiest crime-writing in the field'
'Admirers of tough, modern crime novels will be in seventh heaven -- or should that be hell?'
'Ferocious and funny'
'Hard-hitting prose with a bone-dry humour and characters you can genuinely believe in, Stuart MacBride's novels are a real treat'
'Another brilliant, riveting police procedural. I'm green with envy!'
R D Wingfield
'This intelligent, exciting police procedural should make the leading writers of the genre start looking over their shoulders' Sunday Telegraph
'An impressive debut ! an edge-of-your-seat page-turner' Publishers Weekly
'A gritty, roller-coaster, in-your-face thriller' Aberdeen Press and Journal
'A cracking new writer on the crime scene who hooks you from the first page and never lets you go. The action is ferocious and the pace unrelenting' Northern Echo
'Compelling reading' Telegraph
'Gripping' Daily Mirror
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||5th January 2012|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
Stuart MacBride was born in Dumbarton, near Glasgow and moved to Aberdeen at the age of two. After dropping out of university to work offshore he went to work for himself as a graphic designer, eventually becoming studio manager for a nationwide marketing company. He gave it all up to have a go at becoming an actor, until it became clear to him that he was never going to be good enough to make a decent living out of it. Whilst progressing through a whole new career in the IT sector ending up as project manager for a global IT ...More About Stuart MacBride