By James Henry
The new thriller from the bestselling author of Blackwater
The new Essex-based thriller from the author of Blackwater and the Detective Jack Frost prequels
July 1983, Essex. A boy playing hide-and-seek sees a fox tugging at something up on a railway embankment. He approaches it cautiously. Seconds later, a blast is heard, and rooks ascend from the poplars surrounding the farmhouse at which the boy is spending his summer holiday with cousins.
DI Nick Lowry is called upon to investigate two deaths at Fox Farm, the home of eminent historian Christopher Cliff. The body in the farmhouse kitchen is Cliff himself, having seemingly taking his own with an antique shotgun. The fox-disturbed body on the property boundary is as yet unidentified.
Lowry is already under pressure: County Chief Merrydown was at college with Cliff and knows the family. He must enlist colleagues Daniel Kenton and Jane Gabriel to answer two key questions: just who was at the house with Cliff that morning, and just what has since happened to Cliff's wife?
James Henry is the pen name for James Gurbutt, who has written four prequels to R D Wingfield's popular Frost series. He works in publishing, and enjoys windsurfing and long lunches.
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26 Jul 2018
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Vivid and compelling, with great evocation of the 1980s period. — Peter James
Taut, atmospheric. — Simon Kernick
Perfectly structured . . . a new Essex reimagined as a noir landscape. — Lawrence Osborne
The smell of the marshes permeates every page . . . This is old-style policing set in an interesting period. — Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
Brilliantly engineered police procedural. — Daily Mirror
A fast-moving thriller . . . strong characters, dark humour and a terrific sense of place. I was totally absorbed. — Elly Griffiths