By Stuart MacBride
The gritty new standalone crime novel from the No. 1 bestselling writer of Shatter the Bones and darkish Blood Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a depressing mystery! 5 years in the past his daughter, Rebecca, went lacking at the eve of her 13th birthday. A 12 months later the 1st card arrived: do-it-yourself, with a Polaroid photo caught to front -- Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. each year one other card: each worse than the final. The tabloids name him The Birthday Boy. He's been snatching women for twelve years, continuously within the run-up to their 13th birthday, sending the households his home made playing cards displaying their daughters being slowly tortured to demise. yet Ash hasn't instructed somebody approximately Rebecca's birthday playing cards -- all of them imagine she's simply run clear of domestic -- simply because if a person reveals out, he'll be taken off the research. And he's sacrificed an excessive amount of to renounce sooner than his daughter's killer will get what he merits!
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Maria slid out the next sheet of paper. He was to be paired with Jessica Fitt, owner of a florist’s shop in South Kensington. Jessica had a degree in economics from Newcastle University. After various jobs she did not like very much, she had taken a training course in floristry, opened up a shop, and then used her excellent business brain to make it pay. She was a grey lady: grey hair, grey face, and she even wore grey clothes. In her shop, she had confided to Maria, she was deferred to by her staff and known by her regular customers.
You are indeed a terrible flirt,” he said in his dry, precise voice, “in that you have no delicacy of manner. ” They all held their breath. But Peta had noticed a spare salmon steak and that was enough to make her temporarily deaf. She reached out and picked it up with her fingers. It began to disintegrate, but she hurriedly crammed it into her mouth. Then she seized the tablecloth to wipe her hands and everyone’s glasses of wine went flying. Jessica Fitt found that the very sight of Peta made her feel physically ill.
Jenny came back, muttered “Sorry,” and began to help.