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'Somebody!' I half-sob and then, more quietly, 'Please.' The words seem absorbed by the afteron heat, lost amongst the trees. In their aftermath, the silence descends again. I kw then that I'm t going anywhere...Sean is on the run. We don't kw why and we don't kw from whom, but we do kw he's abandoned his battered, blood-stained car in the middle of an isolated part of rural France at the height of a sweltering summer. Desperate to avoid the police, he takes to the parched fields and country lanes but his leg is caught in a vicious animal trap. Near unconscious from pain and loss of blood, he is freed and taken in by two women - daughters of the owner of a rundown local farm with its ramshackle barn, blighted vineyard and the brooding lake. And it's then that Sean's problems really start...This nail-shredder of a thriller - like the fiction of Nicci French or Gillian Flynn - holds you from the beginning, tightening its grip as the story unfurls and shocks you with its final twist.
Simon Beckett has worked as a freelance journalist, writing for national newspapers and colour supplements. He is the author of four international bestselling crime thrillers featuring his forensic anthropologist hero, Dr David Hunter: The Chemistry of Death, Written in Bone, Whispers of the Dead and The Calling of the Grave. His other novels are Stone Bruises and Where There's Smoke. He lives in Sheffield.
Transworld Publishers Ltd
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Crime, Thriller & Adventure
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Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)