The worst that can possibly happen . . . has.
A beautiful child is dead--defiled and murdered in a lonely graveyard on a fog-shrouded evening. It is the sort of horrific crime Chief Inspector Alan Banks fled the city to escape. But the slaying of a bright and lovely teenager from a wealthy, respected family is not the end of a nightmare. Lies, dark secrets, unholy accusations, and hints of sexual depravity swirl around this abomination like leaves in an autumn wind, leading to a shattering travesty of justice that will brutally divide a devastated community with suspicion and hatred. But Banks must remain vigilant in his hunt--because when the devil is left free to pursue his terrible calling, more blood will surely flow.
About the Author
Peter Robinson is the author of the Inspector Banks novels, including "Strange Affair," which was chosen as one the best books of 2005 by the "Globe and Mail," the "South Florida Sun-Sentinel" and "January Magazine," and of two non-series suspense novels, "Caedmon's Song" and "No Cure for Love," "Strange Affair" has also been shortlisted for the "LA Times" Book Award for best crime fiction novel. He has also published a collection of short stories called "Not Safe After Dark," His novels have been translated into over sixteen languages, and he has won a number of international awards, including the MWA Edgar, the CWA Dagger in the Library, the Martin Beck Award, from Sweden, the Danish Palle Rosenkrantz Award, and the French Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere. He has also won five Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards.
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The novels of Peter Robinson are:“chilling, evocative, deeply nuanced works of art.”
“Stunningly complex and intricately plotted....Peter Robinson fools and entertains me with every twist.”
“Complex and intelligent.”
-London Sunday Times
“Exquisitely complex and atmospheric.”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Taut, carefully thought out…with plots that are refreshingly cliché-free.”
-Time Out London
“Cunning…authentic and atmospheric.”
“Different and intriguing.”
Peter Robinson is:“a gifted creator of fully fleshed and vividly present characters.”
“a skillful writer…”
“absorbing…Robinson continues to stretch the boundaries of the standard procedural.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune
“The equal of legends in the genre such as P.D. James and Ruth Rendell.”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“[A] painful but enlightening journey into the past.”
-New York Times Book Review
“This one is entertaining and sophisticated, crime writing of a high order.”
“Suspenseful and engrossing.”